Basic Computer Hygiene

This is what I call basic computer hygiene: firewall, antivirus and anti-spyware programs are the computer world’s equivalent of toothbrush, soap and deodorant. I know some people don’t use deodorants and I know some people do not use a firewall, and I think both of them stink and are offensive to their fellow citizens. Most of the spam and viruses of the world are spread by bots – tiny programs that infiltrate these people’s computers and spread unsolicited emails or viruses.

Here are three free programs to get you started on being a decent human being: ZoneAlarm Firewall, AVG AntiVirus, Lavasoft Ad-Aware.