Don't Be a Doormat for Viruses

Tuesday, 19 November 2002, 11:33 AM EST

Had a good scare lately?

My endless battle in trying to keep nasty viruses from invading my computer has made me realize you can never be too safe. In fact, I'm often reluctant to boot up a computer if antivirus software and a firewall aren't installed.

Maybe I'm being paranoid, but I don't feel warm and comfy if I am exposed to the endless array of trojans, worms and other creatures that want to do harm to my computer or others.

I see my paranoia as a good thing. Attackers have yet to penetrate my defenses, and I can sleep at night knowing that no fiendish hacker will be successful in his quest to turn my computer into a useless hunk of metal.

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