out of the fire!
90% of internet users get on the web with Microsoft Windows and Internet
Explorer. Unfortunately that make 90% a target by only firing at one
application! It is a lot easier not to get burned by simply
getting out of the fire than putting on layer after layer of protection.
looking to make a successful attack do not spend their time finding holes in
software that is not used very often. Simply changing the web
browser you use will reduce your risk by 90%+. If you change the
operating system you are using too your risk drops close to zero very fast.
recommended web browser for most users is Mozilla's Firefox, because it is
very easy to adapt to, is very quick to respond to security vulnerabilities,
and out performs most other browsers. If your adventurous try Apple's
Opera web browsers. These are both
very good browsers, with an even smaller risk profile.
Besides the web browser there are many other angles of attack. Again the
most common system attacked is Microsoft Windows. Many attacks are
successful on well updated and protected system simply by tricking the user
into running something they shouldn't have. The tricks are really good
and even the best security people even tricked once in a while, but if you
aren't running an operating system that the attack was designed for it is
useless and will fail. For the best defense get far away from the fire.
The Mac computer has made a tremendous comeback and is considered to be much
easier to use and maintain than Microsoft Windows. Today it is a
great solution to staying out of the fire, but as its usage grows, it too will
come under attack. Right now the least attacked operating system that is
still very usable on the Internet is Linux, however it does not come
preinstalled on a computer and you must install it.
Ubuntu is considered to be the easiest
Linux version to install. Most computer users can install it on
any computer inside of 30 minutes.