As if you didn't have enough to worry about when you start dating online, you also have to be sure to protect your personal information and your computer. If you search the web, you should protect your computer with anti-virus software and protect your personal information with anti-spyware. You also need to be sure to update software frequently, as new viruses and spyware are released almost daily.
Anti-virus software protects your computer from viruses that destroy data, slow performance, cause system crashes and more. When you update software, you should make sure you have the latest anti-virus software version available. It works by scanning your computer and incoming email for viruses and then either deleting or quarantining them. Since new viruses are introduced so frequently, most anti-virus software programs have a built-in feature that allows you do update software changes automatically when you access the Internet.
You can purchase anti-virus software online or in many retail stores that carry consumer electronics. When purchasing an anti-virus software package, you want to choose one that recognizes both current viruses and older ones, reverses the damage inflicted by a virus and updates automatically. With automatic software update services, you can have peace of mind knowing you're protected from the latest threats.
Another piece of software you should have is anti-spyware. Anti-spyware protects you from and eliminates spyware in a similar fashion as anti-virus software does with viruses. Spyware is software installed on your computer without you knowing it; it is designed to monitor and/or control your computer use. If you become infected with spyware, you may notice an increase in pop-up ads, being taken to websites you didn't want, unfamiliar toolbars or icons showing up on your screen and slowed performance.
For your convenience, Microsoft offers a free anti-spyware software program that protects against and eliminates spyware found on your computer. You can download it from the Microsoft website, the same place you visit when you update windows software. Just like anti-virus software, you should update software related to anti-spyware frequently to ensure you are protected from newly developed threats.
While starting to date online should be a fun and enjoyable experience, you still need to protect yourself and your computer from common threats. Just remember to update software frequently and use common sense when divulging your personal information. Above all - enjoy yourself!