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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 DSL/ADSL connection).

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 bill.

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 hackers instead.

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 security threats.