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Thursday, June 20, 2013
Cyber Security Tips
Cyber Security Tips
are a ubiquitous part of our lives these days, and we use them on a regular
basis—for most people, getting online is as much a daily habit as eating a meal
or brushing your teeth. Unfortunately with all the time we spend online, we
open ourselves up to potential risks from cyber security threats, such as
identity theft and credit card fraud. From staying in touch with friends,
colleagues and loved ones to paying bills, researching topics, and shopping,
without proper computer security, information about your life is constantly
exposed to criminals who would use it to commit crimes.
ask, “What are the most common threats, and how do I protect my computer and my
data?” There are a wide variety of threats out there, but some of the most
common ones you see include:
spyware, and bots
accounts, and “phishing”
wireless data transmission
threats can range from virtually harmless—for example, a hacker might just be
messing around and accidentally stumble on your information—to life altering.
In cases where the cyber criminal is looking for data to steal, the potential
that s/he could use your identity to open new credit accounts, steal financial
data, create false identification, and even commit crimes using your name is
high. If these things happen, catching the criminal and rebuilding your credit
and your life can take months, and even years.
Tools for Protection
threat is very real and very serious, there are many ways that you can stay
secure online. The key to avoid becoming a victim is to have adequate computer
security and to stay alert while you are surfing the internet.
One of the
first things you should do before going online is make sure you have up-to-date
antivirus, antimalware, and antispyware programs installed on your machine.
Spyware, malware, and “bots” are designed to record information about the
websites you are visiting, and potentially even keystrokes that could record
sensitive information such as passwords. Regularly update this software to stay
on top of patches for new viruses. If you need recommendations on the best
antivirus software, talk to ComputerFix in Salt Lake City.
you create an online account, be sure to use passwords that are strong and
difficult to crack. It’s best if you can use a seemingly random string of
uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. Try to avoid using
common passwords that are easy to guess, such as birthdates, children’s or
pet’s names, etc. Also, before you enter any personal information on a website,
check to make sure the URL begins with “https” (instead of just “http”). The
“s” is for “secure”.
filter on your email to protect you from getting an endless string of spam
messages—the electronic version of junk mail. Sometimes these messages can
contain links or attachments that will install harmful software, spyware, or
other programs. In addition, be careful of “phishing” emails that request
sensitive personal information, such as a username or password, and may look
like they come from a legitimate source, such as your bank. Never click a link
or download an attachment from these messages. If you think it could be a
legitimate message, call the company directly to provide the information, or
open a new browser window and type in their website address instead of using
the email link.
you are surfing the web on a wireless network, make sure it is secured with a
password. Leaving a network open can invite cyber criminals to hack into the
wireless signal and see information that is transferred over the network.
tips on computer security online, and an answer to the question “how do I
protect my computer?” talk to the experts at ComputerFix in Salt Lake City.