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Expatriate Computer Tips: 
Active Security Monitor - Check your PC safety score.
Free for everyone (A new service courtesy of AOL)

Active Security Monitor - Expat Computer Tips
The higher the Safety Score, the more protected your system

What is Active Security Monitor?

Active Security Monitor is a software program that helps you determine how vulnerable your PC is to computer viruses, spyware and other dangers and learn what steps you can take to improve your protection. And if you have more than one PC in your home network, you can use Active Security Monitor to check the security status of your entire home network.

Your PC's level of protection is represented by a Safety Score, shown on Active Security Monitor's dashboard. Active Security Monitor calculates the Safety Score by evaluating what software is installed on your computers to protect you and your home network against intrusion, viruses, worms, and other forms of internet attacks; also evaluated are some of the security-related configuration settings on all your computers. The higher the Safety Score, the more protected your system.

Why Do You Need Active Security Monitor?

When your computer is connected to the Internet, it's vulnerable to all manner of intrusions and attack. The Internet can be used to spread computer viruses, worms, spyware, and other threats that can cripple your PC. As long as your PC is connected to the Internet, it is a target for these and other types of attack.

To help protect your system from Internet-based attack, you must install and run a variety of computer protection and security programs -- including firewalls, anti-virus programs, and anti-spyware programs. In addition, you can also configure the settings for your operation system (OS) and web browser to increase your level of protection. Installing the right programs and properly configuring your software will make your computer less vulnerable to attack.

This is where Active Security Monitor comes in. Active Security Monitor automatically evaluates your computer's security configuration, looking for all the programs and some of the settings that are necessary to protect your system from attack. If you don't have the right programs installed, Active Security Monitor tells you. All you have to do is follow the onscreen advice to improve your system's security. The result is reflected in a higher Safety Score, as shown in Active Security Monitor's dashboard.

What Does Active Security Monitor Do?
Active Security Monitor helps take the guesswork out of protecting your PC. It provides you with:

  • A simple, easy-to-understand display of your PC's security status -- for all the PCs in your home network

  • A Safety Score, similar in concept to a credit score, that indicates how safe your PC is from viruses, spyware, identity theft, and other intrusions and attacks

  • A list of recommended products, services, settings, and articles you can use to improve your PC's level of protection

  • Messages and alerts about the status of your security software

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What Does Active Security Monitor Check For?
What Is the Safety Score?
System Requirements
Download and start using the program


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