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Home Network Vulnerabilities: Spam, Cookies, Pop-Ups, Spyware, and Scams

Chapter Description

In addition to viruses and worms, there are some other annoying programs and files out there that you need to protect your home network from. This chapter focuses on spam, cookies, spyware, and scams—what they are, how they work, and how to get rid of or at least control them.

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How to Build It: Preventing Network Vulnerabilities

It would take an entire book to cover this area properly, so do not take the steps outlined in this section as the all-encompassing solution to online privacy. However, we do cover a few of the major issues, namely spam, phishing, spyware (including adware), and pop-ups.

We cover a few of these topics because the problems are very common, and because most people don't seem to have good information on where to start.

Here is an overview of the steps you follow to decrease your network's vulnerabilities:

  • Turn on spam blocking at your service provider
  • Set up spam blocking on your home computers
  • Avoid phishing scams
  • Set up spyware and adware blocking on your home computers
  • Set up pop-up blocking on your home computers
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