Internet security is always an issue for anyone who goes online. As you know, hackers and companies make a living from harvesting names and personal information from unsuspecting internet users. The least benign results of these actions would be receiving loads of unwanted spam in your inbox. The more insidious can be identity theft. This threat is even more acute for the internet entrepreneur since we are intimately involved with responding to emails and other internet activities. For this reason, it is so very vital that we take precautions to protect ourselves against these invasions. First and foremost, installing and using a good anti-virus software is a no-brainer. Norton, in my opinion, is the best, since they are constantly updating their files and passing that along to their subscribers. To protect against spyware, there are many choices. Microsoft has a very good (and free) downloadable software called Defender. There are several very good sharewares that detect and eliminate spyware, and I suggest that you install at least two or three different spyware detection softwares install because there is no one spyware product that detects all the different invaders. If you use classified ads to promote your business, and you allow email to be sent to you, most ad sites allow you to keep your email address anonymous. If you receive email, never open any attachments that might come with that email. Also, any email that seems to be asking for unnecessary personal information about you, should be looked at very suspiciously. It's a very good policy to create a different email account for your classified ads. This way any spam will be sent to that address rather than to your main/personal/business email address. These are three tips to help keep your computer and your email safe. I'm sure there are many more tips that can help, and hopefully, other forum members will add to this thread. The bottom line is: Use your common sense and always remember it's ok to be a little paranoid, when something seems a bit out of the norm. Stay safe out there!