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"The computer repair technician came right to my home and solved my computer problems in minutes. I'm back online and my network is functioning the way I always knew it should. If I need technical support in the future I will come to you guys."
James Flemming, Chicago, IL


In the not-to-distant past we were all quite safe dialing up to the Internet, now with the ever increasing threat of computer viruses and spyware that's simply not the case anymore.

Using a standard dial-up is still considered to be pretty safe if you're also armed with an up-to-date virus protection program, but you still need to cover several more basic procedures to be as safe as one really needs to be.

Windows 95/98/NT/2000 have built-in networking abilities making it easy to connect computers together for sharing printers, and files, etc.... However, you have to be very careful.  When a home network is setup, file and printer sharing will leave networked computers open to attack from computer viruses and malware that love to enter through just this kind of security breach.

To make your network safe from intruders you need to follow several basic steps to close the doors your system leaves open.

1) Open Control Panel and Double-click on Network

2) In the case of a Dial-up connection with a modem, find the TCP/IP protocol pointing to the Dial-Up Adapter and Click on Properties.

3) Click on  the Bindings tab, and UNCHECK the File and Printer Sharing option
For other devices such as cable modems and such, find the correct TCP/IP option pointing to the device and follow the procedure above to uncheck the File and Printer sharing capabilities of the device.
As it true with changing any settings, it will take affect upon rebooting the computer and not until.

Virus Free and Spyware Free Modem & Cable/DSL
Connecting to the Internet via a modem is still pretty safe since your computer is only at risk while you are connected, but with Cable modems, DSL (Digital Subscriber Lines), and other high-speed connections you are connected to the Internet as long as the device like the cable modem is turned on. This means you could essentially be connected to the Internet and vulnerable to attack 24 hours a day -and with these extremely fast connections to the Internet.

In order to be truly safe with these kinds of connections one needs to employ extra layers of defense.  These come in the form of pop-up blockers, firewalls, email filters and anti-virus and anti-spyware programs.  If you are connected to the Internet via a high-speed connection without these layers of defense, then you are 100% vulnerable to infection or worse.

If you have any questions regarding safe Networking just give us a call at 877-883-TECH (8324) or fill out our Free Computer Repair Evaluation Form to schedule an AnswerSmart™ computer repair technician to come directly to your home and/or office and create a safer computing environment for you and your colleagues or family. We do the job right there and then and teach you how to operate these additional layers of defense simply and easily.

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