The age of wireless computing has brought unprecedented freedom and mobility for computer systems users in a variety of circumstances. These days wireless networking products are so ubiquitous and inexpensive that just about anyone can set up a WLAN in a matter of minutes with less than $100 worth of equipment. This widespread use of wireless networks means that there may be dozens of potential network intruders lurking within range of your home or college dorm or office WLAN.

The risks

Wireless networks don’t stop at the walls of your home. In fact, wireless networks often extend more than 300 feet from your wireless router. If you live in an apartment, dorm, or condominium, you may have dozens of neighbors who can access your wireless network. If you live in a house, your neighbors and even people on the street may be able to connect to your network.

It’s one thing to let a neighbor borrow your lawn mower, but you should think twice about allowing anyone to access your home network. There are several good reasons for this. People who can connect to your wireless network might be able to:

a. Slow down your Internet performance

b. View files on your computers and spread dangerous software

c. Monitor the Web sites you visit, read your e-mail and instant messages as they travel across the network, and copy your usernames and passwords

d. Send spam or perform illegal activities with your Internet connection

By setting up security features on your wireless network, you can make it very difficult for uninvited guests to connect.

Wireless networks are becoming increasingly popular, but they introduce additional security risks. If you have a wireless network, make sure to take appropriate precautions to protect your information.

Symantec, the world’s #1 Security Software company said in a recent Internet Security Threat Report that home users or “the everyday Internet user” made up the most highly targeted sector, accouting for nearly 93% of all computer virus and malware targets.

Norton Security Scan will be included in the latest version of “Google Pack,” a free collection of essential software from Google and other companies which includes the latest antivirus, anti malware and anti spyware tools, which make it easy for users to protect and enhance their PCs.

With Norton Security Scan, users have an easy-to-use tool that scans their PC specifically for viruses and spyware. In addition to the scan feature, the Google Pack version of Norton Security Scan removes all existing viruses, trojans and worms found on a user’s PC and provides them with helpful tips on how they can further improve their PC security.

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“Offering Norton Security Scan through the Google Pack is the perfect way to reach the everyday Internet home user,” said Rowan Trollope, vice president, engineering, consumer business unit, Symantec. “Our goal is to provide Internet users everywhere with a powerful and easy-to-use tool to help them evaluate, understand threats that may reside on their PCs and subsequently remove these threats quickly and efficiently.”

At the click of a button, users who download Norton Security Scan can either run a full scan of their system or run a QuickScan, which is a fast scan of the areas of their computer that are most likely to be targeted by viruses. Norton Security Scan automatically receives regular detection updates, so it can effectively detect the latest virus and spyware threats. In addition, the tool features an easy-to-use interface which simplifies the process of scheduling weekly or on-demand scans. Norton Security Scan provides the complete and thorough scan and removal capabilities available with Norton’s award winning Norton AntiVirus and Norton Internet Security.

Demonstrated Need for PC Security

Google is responding to a demonstrated need. According to Symantec’s most recent Internet Security Threat Report, home users or “the everyday Internet user” made up the most highly targeted sector, accounting for 93 percent of all targeted attacks.

We’ve had a few reports of Universities/Colleges being hit with some very targeted emails trying to get the userid and password of students. The email is usually along these lines.

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Subject VERIFY YOUR xxxxxx EMAIL ACCOUNT NOW

Dear xxxxx Email Account Owner,

This message is from xxxxx messaging center to all xxxxx email account owners. We are currently upgrading our data base and e-mail account center. We are deleting all unused xxxxx email account to create more space for new accounts.

To prevent your account from closing you will have to update it below so that we will know that it’s a present used account.