If we believed everything we were told, we’d think that our computers, our identity and our money was constantly under attack and that we can barely do any task on our machine without leaving us at risk. Although there is a big to both our computers and our identity, most of the risk is based on our own user-action. For example, thinking our bank really has emailed us personally and requires us to login and enter our password to update our account.

If you use the Internet with some caution, avoid sites that you’ve not used before (avoid giving our your email address, using the same password across site and using credit cards with a deliberately low credit ceiling) and do not install software on your desktop that does not come highly recommended, then you’ll be fine. Of course, if you have one desktop computer and your kids are rather reckless, you have three choices: install parental control software, give them very limited account access on the computer or install powerful security software that protects every aspect of your computer.

Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 is the latest version of the powerful security suite which comes recommended. If you leave all the default settings configured, then your system may slow somewhat, but if you’re an advanced user, you can re-configure the security suite to check for the key threats, such as phishing email, malicious software or Trojan attack.

The latest 2010 edition ships with the feature to securely test software, without it affecting your computer. This is a wise idea, in our opinion. Testing software in a secure sandboxed environment is a good way of seeing whether the software is ideal for your system, before you commit.