Time and time again, my phone goes or an email drops onto my machine. Someones
machine has just been hit by a virus can we help? And every time I ask Have
you been practicing safe sex? Im hit by the blank answer, Eh, I think so.
Visitors to N16 magazines website ww.n16mag.com
will notice some significant changes during October. While the site will continue to store
and display all our back issues, with the navigation made easy through a Google search
function, our scope will be expanding dramatically. We are completely redesigning the site
to turn it into an essential, one-stop reference guide to Stoke Newington.
Separate pages are already being devoted to listings for bars and pubs, restaurants, the
music scene and property and housing, and we are currently working on shopping and a wide
range of other topics. There will also be a notice board where you can write in to express
your views on anything local, publicise your events, offer your services or simply vent
your spleen. And we intend to provide a regular news update between our printed issues.
We are currently receiving close on 6,000 individual visits a month, mainly from the local
area but also from across the world, with over 60,000 hits a month. Why not visitus and
see what we have to offer?
There really is no excuse for not protecting your computer in the
same sort of way you would do with any personal hygiene matter. Elsewhere, on this page we
try and give out some sensible advice on keeping your computer running fresh and healthy.
The more people who take sensible precautions, the less time I for one will have to waste
chasing around to someones home or business to undertake what are often hours of
work cleaning up after the flood.
At the start of a new school year, and while looking at making your computer safe, it
seems a good time again to advise both parents and young people that, while the Internet
is a fantastic place to roam, some of it is a jungle and there are some very nasty
surprises lurking for the unwary. Although I mentioned the NCH website in the Christmas
issue, I feel that any parent of children and young people who go on line should visit
this site. It might just keep them from harm.
Normally, I dump pop-up windows as soon as I am aware of them kicking into life but one on
the NCH website slipped through my net. It opens up with what looks like a chat room
message coming through with a seemingly harmless message from a friend. The next mini page
in black with white text simply states This is how easy it is for a paedophile to
get into your home. The final frame states that one in five children who use chat
rooms have been approached by a paedophile. The site takes a no-nonsense approach to
supplying information. It has very useful advice set out in a simple clear language. So
take some time out and pay it a visit. ( www.nch.org.uk
Having put the boot into Hackney Council over their website in the last issue, I by chance
had a chat with one of the new council web team as I was speaking to the Hackney Press
Office on other matters. The feedback, was that, yes, they are well aware that a lot of
the older parts of the website need serious attention. And that, as and when funding could
be brought to bear, these areas would be brought up to date. Even he was amazed at the
fact that it took over fifty standard MS Word pages to dump the text from a typical months
Whats On but he reassured me that this was one of the future priorities
to be tackled.
He did remind me that the planning department site, of which I have often complained in
the past, had in fact been the first local council planning web site in the country which
allowed searches of current applications. The problem had been that it in many ways it was
too successful for its own good. The site and the technology behind it had just not been
strong enough or large enough to cope with either the number of hits or the amount that
quickly built up. The good news is that matters are firmly in hand and that a new bigger,
better site with real room to grow is now well on the way. ( www.hackney.gov.uk )
Protect your computer from viruses and worms by taking a few
by Zoran Jevtic
Never, ever open an email attachment, unless you are sure it came from a sender you can
trust. If in doubt, just delete it. Youcan always mail back the person and askwhether they
enclosed an attachment. The majority of viruses are trigged by attachments. If the virus
happens to be a worm, it will mail itself to everyone in youraddress book, without any
action on yourpart. If the recipients have no antivirus protection, they too will get hit
as will everyone else in their address book and so on... This is how these things spread
throughout the Internet so fast!
Install antivirus software.
Once on your system, it will help prevent the spread of viruses. If you dont want to
spend money on big brands , decent antivirus programs can be downloaded for free. Check www.grisoft.com product download section
for example. It is important to keep your virusupdates current because, as
each new virusis identified, it is added to the virus database. When a virus tries to
enter your machine, the antivirus program checks it against the listof all known variants.
If your virus list is outdated, the antivirus program wont be able to tell whether
it is a new virus and it will allow it through to infect your computer.
Beware of hackers and programs that spy into your computer.
This happens when a program, game or file-sharing silently installs components that
monitor your activity onthe web, sending information such as your passwords or even credit
card numbers, backto the originator. Install only programs you know you can trust or do
some research first. Always download the latest critical updates for your operating
system, as people who develop new viruses find andexploit weaknesses in system or
application software. These updates are designed to thwart the hackers.
Finally, if you have a broadband, the best and most secure way to protect yourself is to
get someone to set up a hardware firewall router for you. This not only enables you to
cheaply run several computers on a single internet connection at the same time (no more
arguments on who can go online!) but also makes you totally invisible to the hackers. With
a router, all a hacker can find is a router box, with no system, disk drives or any data,
rendering you unattractive which on the net, is a good thing!