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Tightening Security on Your PC

Boot Camp feature for Friday, February 18, 2000

You've heard all the hacker stories. Do you need to protect your PC? I'm Fred Fishkin with Bootcamp, a report on computers and technology. The big news lately has been those denial of service attacks against big Web sites. They amount to flooding the sites with traffic creating a sort of virtual gridlock. It affects you by keeping you from being able to reach Web sites you want to get to. Your PC isn't under attack, so there is nothing you need to do. But more and more of us are concerned about protecting our online privacy and that's where a new software package from Symantec can help. Norton Internet Security. Product manager Tom Powledge...

"There's been a very significant increase in online usage and with that come some Internet dangers. One of the increased dangers is hackers. You'd be surprised at how many tools there are out there that allow hackers to just knock on tons of doors out there on the Internet to see if anyone's home."

You're more vulnerable if you have an always on connection to the Internet, using a cable modem for instance. Norton Internet Security can set up a personal firewall to block intruders. It can also safeguard your kids online...

"The parental control piece allows you to either block your children from accessing inappropriate sites, the program, on the flip side, can allow you to specify sites that you only allow your children to go."

The price, under 60 dollars.