Abtrusion Protector for Home Users
Abtrusion Protector comes in a special edition, Abtrusion Protector
Personal Edition, targeted at home users. It includes the same security
features as the corporate edition of Abtrusion Protector, but a few default
settings are different.
In a corporate environment, Abtrusion Protector is typically managed by a
professional system administrator, but the typical home user must be able to
manage Abtrusion Protector himself. For that reason, default settings for
Abtrusion Protector Personal Edition focus on minimal administration rather
than maximum security.
Why should I care about security?
It is easy to ignore security as a home user. Why would anyone want to
break in to my computer? Well, there are several reasons hackers break in to
home computers. We are not trying to scare you, but the threats are for
real. Just as you should not leave your door unlocked when you leave your
home, you shouldn't leave the door open to the Internet.
Home computers may be used to relay traffic when the hacker is attacking
another computer. That way, the hacker can hide behind your IP address. This
technique has also been used to send spam e-mail or viruses. Your computer is
particularly tempting if it has a fixed Internet connection (such as a
There have been cases of hackers taking over home computers and then
using their modems to dial pay phone numbers. The hacker typically owns a
pay phone number in a foreign country and the cost ends up on your phone
Then there are cases of stealing information, such as passwords, credit
card numbers and encryption keys used to protect you when you do bank
transactions on the net. As the banks and e-commerce sites become better at
protecting themselves, home users will become the primary target of many
There are lots of other things to worry about as well, not the least of
which are viruses.
I have a firewall. Doesn't it protect me?
A firewall is good. In fact you should never be without one. There are
several personal firewalls on the market that you can get for free as a home
user. However, a firewall only protects you against certain kinds of