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I have used Gibson Research Corporation software for as many years as I can remember.  No self respecting technician would be without SpinRite.  I have complete trust in the GRC.COM Web Site.  They have a service called "SHIELDS UP".  It can give you vital information on the Security Status of your computer.  

I have taken the liberty to copy the Page Greetings of "Shields Up".  I highly recommend using their service.  "Without your knowledge or explicit permission, the Windows networking technology which connects your computer to the Internet may be offering some or all of your computer's data to the entire world at this very moment!"

If you have a Trojan Horse program running on your computer it can be used to access the Internet from your computer.  ZoneAlarm will detect any program (in or out) running on your computer.  If you use a firewall like ZoneAlarm you must always be keenly aware of what program you give permission to.  I have also used Norton Internet Security.  It is a lot like ZoneAlarm in that you must be aware what programs you allow to get to the internet.  The biggest drawback to Norton is they don't have a free version.  Use GRC's free Leak Test to check your Firewalls outbound connections.

I use ZoneAlarm on my home network.  ZoneAlarm is very powerful and requires a little more advanced knowledge of computer software.  I have used this program to test for Trojan Horse Virus's on users computer's.  As long as you understand what each program running on your PC is and does I highly recommended this software.  Remember, the average pc has many programs running that will try to connect with the internet.  Knowing when to say yes or no to these programs is very important when using ZoneAlarm.  I also have a router on my system which is called a hardware firewall.  If you don't have a hardware and or a software firewall you are begging for a hacker to use your PC.  To learn more about firewalls go to

I will try to work on this to make it easier to understand for users because the wrong answer can render your firewall useless.  They also have another fantastic test site to check out your PC.  The initial test and the Quick Scan are very quick but some of their tests last for 30 minutes.  If you have the time try these tests on your computer to see if you are open to attack.

 

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