Hello Val, list... On Sun, 30 Jan 2005 14:41:35 +0200 Val Paliy <valeriypaliy at yandex.ru> wrote: > What really helps is a good fire wall. You do not have to purchase a > huge, costly corporate solution if you are, for example, running a > Windows-based computer at home. Do not blame MS for everything - the > way I see it is this - when you install their OS onto a machine, you > have to supply it with a set of tools, tweakers, etc. that will make > your OS function the way you want it. It's sort of "Build it yourself > after you buy it" thing. To throw in a rather unpopular thought on that, here: Sometimes it ain't just about adding new blinking tools and gimmicks and useless crap like ZoneAlarm (running a firewall atop a workstation doesn't really make things better), you should be aware that adding software to your system just increases its complexity and also the chance to run into severe software failures. A very basic recommendation, so, is just to get some things set up right, to either learn how to do things the right way or to (if too lazy or too short on time for that) let someone who knows do that for you. Actually, some of our customers were struck by severe virus attacks lately, and the reason obviously used to be the same all the time: They didn't know what they were doing... "Surfing the web" on Windows XP with administrative privileges surely ain't a good idea, same it ain't clever to trust that user accounts are restricted enough to prevent your system from being severely damaged in case something goes wrong; same way those folks violently resist the idea of running software a _little_ more secure - why use Firefox or Thunderbird if MSIE and Outlook Express comes shipped with your PC? Of course, every software is buggy, but some is more than others. Computer and/or ISP advertisement sometimes is making things all so easy, "just get your computer, click on "start", get connected...". Doing so nowadays is the best way to be doomed... Just my $0.02 on that, now tar and feather me. :) Kris -- "never to be seen again... ever to release the pain. renewal of our minds!" (kreator) www.stop1984.org -> we don't need no big brother swpat.ffii.org -> no logic patents for europe!