March 4, 2005
Dear CNET members,
This week's winner, Dana H. of Wayland, Massachusetts, has done it again! Two weeks in a row, he has submitted incredibly well-written solutions for our member's questions. So Steven, and all newcomers to the broadband arena, I hope you find Dana's answer, the honorable mentions, and many of our other members' recommendations a great head start in safely proceeding into the high-speed world of broadband. Have fun, surf safely, and we'll see you in this week's discussion. Thank you, members, for your dedication and participation each week!
Member Question of the WeekI'm relatively new to surfing and so on. I'm about to upgrade to ADSL from dial-up. I'd like to know what I need to do to protect my privacy and my PC from malicious invaders and viruses. I'm currently using Norton but feel it won't be enough once I've converted. Secondly, how safe is it to give out private information, especially banking or credit card details to sites that request such information for verification purposes only and not for billing. Are these sites legit? I'd really like some feedback regarding these issues, especially on Internet security. Thanks!
Submitted by: Steven V.D.M.Hi, Steven: Your concerns about Internet security are valid, and I am sure this question will draw a lot of responses as well as controversy about the exact methods to accomplish your goals. I am concerned about your comment regarding giving out credit card information for verification purposes only. I don't recall any Web sites that require giving credit card information just to verify who you are. Verification using your e-mail address, usernames, and established passwords are the norm. I would not give anyone my credit card information, unless I intentionally went to their site to purchase something and even then only if I am familiar with them. In my opinion, there are several steps as well as general guidelines you should follow to reduce your exposure while surfing the Internet. Note: The only way to be 100 percent protected is to not use...
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