Why Security matters: In the eyes of APW, security is the second most important line of defense after backup; hence, it comes as the second section of this site. To answer the question why security matters, think of these very common computer threats: - Jeopardizing your identity. - Being spied upon. - Have your personal data hijacked. - Having your computer plagued and barely functional. - Receiving tons of spam email. - Having toolbars you thought you never "asked" for. - Having your home page unexpectedly changed. - Having those coupon programs installed. How did they get there? - And how about those lovely popups? - And remember that almost every software you install these days wants to run at least one background service and wants to connect to the internet. These things occur every minute on millions of computers. And that is why computer security matters. The fact of the matter is you must have some sort of defense software running on your computer, which brings about some of the biggest questions on the web: - What is the best security software to use? - Do you need more than one security software? To answer these questions and more, APW's coverage is divided into three security categories in the following three pages: Antivirus,Antispyware and Firewall. And before going further into and using any security software, consider the following best security practices, which should become common sense and second nature: Security Best Practices: 1-Be careful visiting suspicious web sites. There are a few browser add-ons that can help you with that. One of our favorites is WOT, which will alert you of a site's poor reputation once you visit it. Many antivirus programs also offer browser plugins towards that effect. 2-Be careful opening web links and attachments in your email. Certain antivirus, such as Avast Free and AVG Free, both come with email scanners. 3-Do not give your passwords even when asked. 4-Beware of emails and offers which, for instance, tell you that you have won the lottery in say Spain or Canada--or anywhere. The same applies to that African prince who wants to split his or her wealth with you by storing their money in your bank account. Some emails may also tell you that you have been summoned to appear in court somewhere (yes, you owe the IRS money and you are deep into mud.) 5-Finally, and we cannot say it enough, backupyoursystem.