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Not long ago, the average Internet user could rely on antivirus software and a firewall to keep their computer relatively safe from online scourges like e-mail viruses.

Current threats, however, are being built to defeat those defenses, and require users to make constant decisions about whom and what to trust online.

According to many security experts, computer users who fail to learn how to stay safe online will eventually cede control over their computers to unscrupulous and annoying marketers -- or worse yet -- identity thieves. Securing your computer can be confusing at first glance, but taking steps to remain informed about the latest online threats is good first step to protecting yourself.

This blog will offer pointers on how to do just that, updating you on computer security developments as they arise -- Internet scams, innovative viruses and worms, useful security tools and resources, and important security patches for popular software titles. Occasionally, it will feature column-length observations on key trends in Internet security and what they mean for your safety online.

So, think of "Security Fix" as a daily Internet security weather update. Visit often or sign up for the RSS feed to avoid getting caught in the next digital storm without an umbrella.

About The Author

Brian Krebs joined The Washington Post Company in 1995, and has been writing about technology and computer security since 2000. A graduate of George Mason University, he lives in Annandale with his wife Jennifer. In his spare time, Krebs tinkers with five computers and dozens of other chirping, blinking devices.

By Brian Krebs  |  March 30, 2005; 1:30 PM ET
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