Hot Hardware readers take internet computer security for granted, because they understand how it works. But the internet is a complicated and risky place if you don't know how to configure your Hot Hardware. IT Security has a handy summary of what it takes to keep from becoming a zombie bot penniless spam freak from hell.
With over 140,000 known computer viruses and 85,000,000 spam emails sent out each day, the likelihood of your PC coming into contact with malware such as virsues, worms, and spyware is almost guaranteed. And once your computer becomes infected with malware, simple tasks such as browsing the web can be very frustrating as your computer's speed is drastically decreased -- that is if you can still connect to the internet at all. Given the prevalence of malware, the only real long-term solution is preventing it from infecting your computer altogether, but how?