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Free Anti-Virus and Anti-Malware Software

After I wrote my post about AVG anti-virus software, a reader sent me an email telling me he didn’t think highly of AVG. Based on his IT experience, he thought Comodo and avast were better antivirus products. I don’t have a lot of experience with virus and malware products so I can’t really disagree with him. I do know AVG and ClamAV worked well for me. Anyhow, I decided to put together a more extensive list of anti-virus and anti-malware software products. I’ve used AVG and ClamAV on the free sid; and Norton, McAfee and Trend Micro on the commercial side. In my opinion, they are all fine products but I’m not fond of the annoying upgrade notices of the commercial products.

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Six Tips for Securing Your Wireless Network

I had to setup a new Linksys wireless router recently and I thought I would share some tips for improving the security of your wireless network. Below are six ways for securing your wireless router.

Tip #1: Change the default password
local IP address of routerI’ve owned several routers through the years and it seems like all of them use 192.168.1.1 as the IP address, admin as the user name, and password as the password. In my opinion, most people don’t even bother to change the default password, which is a big mistake — especially if you share your WiFi connection with neighbors, house guests, and nerdy friends of your kids (when they come over to do homework). If you don’t change your password, anyone can log into your router and makes changes — like locking you out, disabling the firewall, and turning on remote router access. Now would also be a good time to change the local IP address of your router (something other than 192.168.1.1).

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