Worried about Internet security and privacy? You should be. Deep security holes--ones that under certain circumstances allow external users to spy on your hard drive, even change its contents--continue to pop up in Web browsers. The risks are small for most users, but that doesn't discount the fears.
One-stop security comes with Cybermedia's Guard Dog Deluxe (about $60), a software tool that provides comprehensive Internet security and privacy protection. Installation is simple, and the program readily works with Netscape Navigator, Microsoft Internet Explorer, AOL and leading e-mail applications. Once installed, Guard Dog keeps a watch for viruses, cookies (tiny files copied onto your hard drive by some Web sites), and hostile Java applets and Active X controls written by malevolent programmers with the intent of doing harm to the computers of Web site visitors. Whenever a Web site engages in behavior Guard Dog feels is suspicious, the program barks and warns you--the choice of moving to another site or staying put is yours. For more information, head to http://www.cybermedia.com
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