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Describe and give examples of the following?

·          Anti-virus software

·          Firewalls

·          Anti-spy software

·          Encryption

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Examples of anti virus software include McAffee, Norton, and AVG. These are programs that the public can purchase to protect their computers from malware, viruses, logic bombs, or phishing.

The same programs listed above provide the service of firewalling your entrance to the net. Once you are firewalled, you are assumed to be protected from people accessing information.

Anti spy software is the same as spyware killers, and they are included as part of the service from providers such as Norton et al, however, if you enter online territory which is very unethical you may want to purchase additional protection. Any website which does gambling, pornography, even games may have spyware attached to it as long as the site invites u to take a membership. That is how they get your information. Spybot, Spyware killer and others are for sale at Best Buy

The final one, encryption, is like the previous post said the process of taking information and coding it. That is done by your computer when you send e-mails, enter private info, passwords, et al.

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Anti-virus software are software for your computer used to prevent, detect, and remove malware, including computer viruses, worms, and trojan horses.  Some examples of anti-virus software are McAfee, Norton, and Kapersky.

Firewalls are a security system that blocks unauthorized access of a computer while allowing permitted users to communicate. It consists of a combination of hardware and software that limits the exposure of a computer or computer network to attack from crackers; commonly used on local area networks that are connected to the internet.  Some examples of Firewalls are Zone Alarm and Norton.

Anti-spy software are software that prevents outsiders from collecting information from you while you use your computer. It is usually hidden and difficult to detect. Some examples are Spybot and Ad-Aware.

Encryption is the process of taking information and translating it into a code.  Only authorized users have the key needed to decode the information. It is utilized to protect data while on a computer and in transit. Some examples of encryption software are Comodo Trust Connect, eCipher Pro, and Secubox.

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