This article is going to explain what exactly internet security is and how it can help you and your computer. The first thing to know about internet security is that it is a branch of computer security. Both security and computer security deal with one’s ability to use something. The computer side of things being computer networking. In a network, there are programs that allow two or more computers to connect with each other. These networks can be digital or physical. Access to the network is possible through a user’s IP address which is another way of identifying a computer on the internet. Your IP address can show your location, the type of computer and your internet service provider. It can also tell a thief where you are connecting from and they can follow the connection and eventually steal your information. Programs called antiviruses stop these thieves in their tracks. When you are downloading music, videos and other things from the internet, you are creating a opportunity for someone to steal your information. Thieves can easily follow your surfing movements to ultimately steal your identity. Security is sales. Protecting you and your information is a business. Having a product that will protect you and your computer from potential damage and loss is important in this day and age.Companies that make products that protect people from damage, such as McAfee, Surfing Free, Panda etc bring their products to the market. These products are affordable and they are easy to use. In the following minutes, I will help you understand what your computer needs in order to be protected from viruses and other computer security threats. a. Credit card Credit card can easily be used fraudulently through the use of fake numbers and PINs. As a result, you should keep a track of your credit card and be careful of where you use it. When you make purchases online, either online or through your regular mail, card numbers should be hidden so that they cannot be easily accessed by anyone. b. E-mail Whenever you open an e-mail, you should know that the sender only has intentions of about promoting their business to give you the promotion offers. E-mail that is exclusively about publicity for a particular company or that merely uses gossip about a certain celebrity is questionable. Most spam e-mails once you start to open are considered fraudulent. That does not mean that all spam is fraudulent. There are actually legitimate people who may need to benefit from your concern. However, doing so will require that you make a small donation to the cause of the spammer. Don’t do it! c. Bulk mail There are numerous companies and people selling “bulk mail” which is very harmless. However, some of it contains ads that lure you in using those same tricks. They will try to sell you products using several different means so that you are caught between the products you want to buy and the companies that you may be advertising to. If you do make the purchase, you will be sending a check in the amount of what you need for the product and you can get nothing in return. d. Charity drives Going to a website and giving money for a cause is acceptable. What you should not do is send checks or money orders to charities that you know nothing about. You should not give your credit card number to these charities either. First of all, most criminals will not need to steal your card number before attempting this type of theft. Plus, you will know nothing about the company and its members until you have fallen victim to them. I hope that these suggestions help. Better safe than sorry.