Wednesday, March 16, 2011

High Speed Internet - Get Protection!

Don't surf the web unprotected!!!!
Services such as Comcast, Cox, and others provide a modem with their service.
Sometimes the modem they provide is simply a gateway, and not a firewall/router.

This means that your computer just became a member of the World Wide Web, with its front door unlocked.

To find out if your modem is a router, you can press The {WindowsKey  and R} (At the same time) This will pull up a run prompt.
Type    cmd    and press okay.  at the black Command Prompt window type     ipconfig    press enter.
This will give you a list of writing the one you are concerned with says Gateway it will look something like

If it starts with 10, 172, or 192 it is pretty sure you have a firewall/router, this at least provides a single layer of protection, because the private IP address spaces are not routable.
You still need to get an Antivirus, Anti-Malware, Anti-Spyware Software like Vipre Premium from GFI Software (includes all three plus a firewall.

If it starts with something else you have two options, the most cost effective is to get a Router ($29-$99)
These often include wireless, and the ability to share your connection with more than one Computer.

They work out of the box, but make sure you enable wireless security.........
  • WEP - (least Secure)
  • WPA/WPA2 - (Best option for home networks)
Hope this helps and look forward to seeing you next time!

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