Viruses and other harmful software can quickly become an important security issue. Malicious programs that have been designed to harm your system, keep you from being able to access your personal or professional data or even put sensitive information at risk can all result in considerable damage, cost and inconvenience. Professional services and software options that have been designed to effectively combat this risk may prove to be a worthy and cost-effective investment. Learning more about this issue, and what risks you may be dealing with Read the rest of this entry »
Regardless of your personal computing experience, it is likely that you will need Anti-Virus protection along your journey. No one likes talking Anti-Virus, but here is a bit of good news. Gone are the days of expensive, resource heavy, and quirky-styled Anti-Virus solutions. Take a look at these ten free programs, for gratis.
Avast and AVG have led the way for years, and they are two of the most downloaded programs on the market. Avira, and the developers at Microsoft Security Read the rest of this entry »
It is important to know when you are logging in on the intended site and when the login might be a spoof page. Providing sensitive login details on a fake site can mean you have given access to someone who does not have your best interest in mind.
Many websites especially those with incredibly sensitive data such as credit cards and banks will create an icon that appears next to the web address. Verifying this icon before entering Read the rest of this entry »
Online credit card fraud is on the rise. More than 15 million people per year are victims of identity theft. Once your credit card info is stolen, it takes weeks or even months to get things back to normal. Here are some easy tips to avoid online credit card fraud.
Only shop and buy from online companies that have a mailing address listed on their site. It is easier to commit fraud by not listing an address. Be sure to verify the address if possible.
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When traveling it is a good idea to be mindful of Internet security and privacy issues. For instance, when a person works on their computer in a corporate environment they are safe because most corporate Wi-Fi networks are secured using encryption. This means no one can easily access information originating from your computer. This is not the case on public Wi-Fi networks. They do not use encryption or authentication for the obvious reasons. It would be impossible to give each new user the credentials and a key. For this reason, public Read the rest of this entry »
Using wireless Internet always poses a security risk, but that risk is amplified when you’re using a network with which you are unfamiliar. In today’s fast paced society, it’s not practical to avoid using public Wi-Fi hot spots as you travel, but there are certain things to keep in mind when doing so in order to ensure your security.If you are going to be doing work for your company while on the go, one of the best ways to increase your security is by using the company’s network. Many businesses use what is called a virtual private network (VPN), which allows you to access the company’s network and files from remote areas. If VPN is not an option or your are using the Internet for personal uses, be very selective in the networks you choose. Though it is easiest to log onto the first unsecured network you find, this network is just as unsecure to computer hackers as it is to you. Look for a network that requires a security password, which can usually be obtained for a small charge or from a hotspot provider for free. Read the rest of this entry »
For all of its uses and benefits, using the internet exposes you to many potential security risks including theft and identity fraud. It’s important to take necessary measures to ensure your system is protected so you don’t become another victim of computer hacking. One of the best ways to protect your wireless system is with router hardware. Not only can routers saving you money by allowing you to connect to the Internet from multiple computers without having to pay for a wireless subscription for each computer, but they also increase the security of your system. Most routers today have a built in firewall, which basically makes your computer invisible on the Internet. Without this protection your IP address is exposed and you are extremely vulnerable to hackers. Read the rest of this entry »
Spam emails have long been a problem on our PCs and laptops, but now we have another device to be wary of; the smart phone. The security on these devices is usually much lower than what can be found on a computer, thus making it a very vulnerable target of attackers. Phishing is a fraudulent method of acquiring personal information such as passwords or credit card numbers. This is usually done through emails that advertise what may appear to be a legitimate website that will request this sensitive information. One of the biggest threats lies in the ever-increasing number of applications available for smart phone users. With thousands of new apps hitting the market each year, there is no way to guarantee the security of each of these programs. However, it appears that apps may be both the problem and the solution when it comes to mobile phone phishing. Read the rest of this entry »
There are plenty of ways to add security to your passwords, and you should definitely practice smart password habits, but unfortunately, there are programs that allow hackers to see what keys you are typing and therefore determine what usernames and passwords you use. Therefore, in addition to choosing difficult, hard-to-guess passwords, you should consider investing in software to protect from this type of hacking.Keyscrambler Personal is a free download available for most Windows systems after Windows 2000. Anti-virus and anti-spyware systems can remove these keyloggers, but only if they are detected. Some of the best, and most dangerous, keystroke hackers will go undetected, rendering these software systems useless. However, with Keyscrambler, your keystrokes will be encrypted within the system but appear on the screen as you type them. Therefore, it doesn’t matter if a keylogger is detected or not, because your keystrokes are undecipherable. Read the rest of this entry »