Never open an e-mail attachment from someone you don’t know, and be wary of forwarded attachments from people you do know. With the growth of high-speed Internet connections, many opt to leave their computers on and ready for action.
The downside is that being “always on” renders computers more susceptible.
Some operating systems offer free spyware protection, and inexpensive software is readily available for download on the Internet or at your local computer store.
Be wary of ads on the Internet offering downloadable antispyware—in some cases these products may be fake and may actually contain spyware or other malicious code. Computer operating systems are periodically updated to stay in tune with technology requirements and to fix security holes.
The software is prepackaged on some operating systems or can be purchased for individual computers.
For multiple networked computers, hardware routers typically provide firewall protection.
While the FBI supports and encourages the development of new technologies, we also recognize that technology can be misused for illicit and, in some cases, criminal purposes.
Peer-to-Peer networks allow users connected to the Internet to link their computers with other computers around the world.
Beyond firewall protection, which is designed to fend off unwanted attacks, turning the computer off effectively severs an attacker’s connection—be it spyware or a botnet that employs your computer’s resources to reach out to other unwitting users.
The FBI is educating and warning citizens about certain risks and dangers associated with the use of Peer-to-Peer systems on the Internet.
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