As the business owner, manager or someone with responsibility for IT systems security, the apathy shown towards your business' security should scare you. And if it doesn't then something is wrong!
There’s been a lot of activity in the news recently about data security, IT software vulnerabilities and hacking in general. iPhone malware, census fail and government department infiltration have been hot topics in the last few weeks.
All the reporting of LinkedIn security breach misses the bigger issue. The fact that passwords are reused again and again across the internet, it could be your other online accounts that could be compromised!
Imagine your passwords are like a set of keys to locked doors and behind those doors lay all your most precious possessions, your family heirlooms and your entire life savings.
Now imagine that to save yourself the bother of carrying multiple keys around, you have just one key to unlock every single door. Convenient, right? But what if that key was stolen? You wouldn't just lose the contents from behind one door, or two doors, but potentially lose everything.
Securing yourself and your private information on the internet is fast becoming a very hard thing to do.
This is especially the case if you consider yourself a novice or intermediate level user.
The following tips should help you in securing your computer and personal information on the internet.
1. Anti-Virus Software
Ensure you have anti-virus software installed on your computer.
Anti-virus applications are relatively inexpensive these days so there is no excuse for not having on installed on your PC or Mac - That's right, Mac users should have anti-virus installed as well.
If you think you can't afford to pay for anti-virus then download the free version of AVG anti-virus software at the very least.
2. Software Firewall
Windows XP Service Pack 2, Windows Vista and Mac OS X all have a software firewall installed by default. They are relatively simple firewalls but should provide you with good level of protection. Just make sure it's running!
- Windows XP firewall info