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!
Social engineering can result in the loss of sensitive information, money, and potentially the reputation of your business. And this isn't an IT problem
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.
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.
When it comes to IT, the question most medium size businesses are asking themselves is "how do I get the best out of my technology and IT department?" Below is a list of some of the things management should do to ensure that your IT is given, and giving you the best chance of reaching your business goals.
I take issue with a company that creates an operating system, and then creates a security product to help keep said operating system safe.
The focus should be applied to fixing the operating system, not creating separate software to remedy the situation.
I am of course speaking about Microsoft, their Windows operating systems and their Live OneCare suite of security products which you had to pay for! That's right, you pay for an insecure operating system and then you have to pay the same company more money to help you protect it.
Microsoft's Anti-Virus, Anti-Spam and Anti-Malware changed its name for the PC version to Microsoft Security Essentials; and thankfully - it's now free. (That's a point for you Microsoft, but it should have been free in the first place.)
However, since hearing about the new and free version I must say all the comments have been positive. From all reports it has been successful in detecting threats and cleaning them. Quick to remain updated and importantly for this cat ...
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