“If you’re running a Windows computer, you must install an array of security software to fend off an international collection of crooks, hackers, vandals and sleazy business people who aim to invade your PC through the Internet,” Walter S. Mossberg writes for The Wall Street Journal.
Mossberg writes, “You need a good antivirus program, a strong firewall program, an effective antispam program, and a program that specializes in stopping spyware and adware. Or you could just buy an Apple Macintosh, which isn’t significantly affected (so far) by these threats, other than spam email.”
No personal computer is immune to social engineering. All users, including Mac users, would do well to read Mossberg’s safety tips in his full article here.
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