What security measures are available to the average computer user?
Lets start with intelligence. You need to be able to determine which sites to visit and which not to, to be able to realize you do not open attachments if you don't knwowho the heck sent it. Be willingto check things before you give someone a credit card number and danged well make sure it says HTTPS and not HTTP.After that you need anti-virus, anti-spyware and a good firewall.Besides all of thatm, you need to be backing up your system so when something does go wrong you can wipe the drive and start where you left off and not have to start from scratch. That part costs more money than the rest, so its the one everyone skips.But the main key is to be able to actually think before you do things.
what is the difference between http and https what is a good anti virus program and firewall
HTTPS is a secure connection, the information you are transmitting is scrambled and then decoded at the other end. http is not.The anti virus programs are all from places like AVG (free) or McAfee or Norton (the companies I would trust) and a few thousand others. Use a name brand and one you have to pay for is always better than one thats free, since they have a vested interest in keeping up with the latest viruses and trying to update continually (otherwise the customers don't come back and pay them again next time they need a full update).Firewalls are either programs or hardware that prevent you from accessing certain parts of the internet (and therefore prevent you from going to someplace you shouldn't, it will either be a straight "no access allowed" or a "this site is not secure" depending on how you get it) Macs come with it built in, windows??? Who knows?A firewall