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Sites that help you check your security on the Net and find the best search tools

By Amanda C. Kooser

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Tester's choice: ThisWeb site doesn't have a catchy, easy-to-remember URL, but thatdoesn't matter when you have this kind of content. Shields Up!bills itself as providing NanoProbe Technology Internet SecurityTesting for Windows users. Brought to us by Steve Gibson of GibsonResearch Corp., it's actually an unintimidating way to checkthe security of your computer over the Internet.

For the lowdown, try the "Test My Shields!" and"Probe My Ports!" options. Shields UP! will tell you ifyour computer passes muster and what to do if it doesn't. Toexpand your knowledge before you start, peruse the bulleted list of12 links at the bottom of the page. These cover everything from thesite's history to FAQs, a public forum, further reading andexplanations about why you need these tests in the first place. Youdon't want to play games with Internet connection security, andShields UP! is one of the most comprehensive sites out there.

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