Paranoia protection

Tuesday, 23 September 2003, 8:39 AM EST

The only secure computer, so the saying goes, is one that is not connected to anything -- including the power. It is an adage that, while not very helpful, does cast some light -- or should that be shadow -- on the perils of connecting a personal computer to the net.

The internet is a powerful resource. The prospect of living without it would send shudders through many, which is remarkable since the web as we know it has been around for barely a decade.

The internet, a child of the Cold War, was designed to be virtually indestructible, not depending on any particular bits to survive.

Unfortunately, trying to tear it down has become a challenge for hackers, so it is best to take some precautions to maintain access to this valued resource.

For starters, get some antivirus software. Don't even think about doing without it. I did, and lived to regret it.

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