Tips & Advice
How to Protect Yourself from Online Attack
Note from Steve M Nash: online security affects
all of us that use the
It's a jungle out there on the net, but by using these few
simple tricks and traps, anybody can protect themselves from the
virtual beasts that lurk there, waiting to attack the unwary.
Online security is not just for big corporations. It's true that they stand to lose more, in terms of value, than you or I, but they have sufficient reserves to be able to weather the storm, whereas the average small business or man on the street is in a much more precarious position.
Why you need to protect yourself online
Using your credit or debit card online is no longer as dangerous as it once was, but there are other ways in which use of your computer can be made difficult, even impossible. Viruses are just the tip of the iceberg. There are so many different ways in which your computer can be preyed on whilst you are online, and even after you have disconnected. Apart from worms, viruses, trojans, data miners, and keystroke loggers, there is spyware, adware and who knows what else out there.
All of them trying to take advantage of you and/or your computer.
These products have many purposes. Very few of them are purely vindictive or disruptive. For example, many viruses which install themselves onto a computer do it no harm at all. Instead, they use the email program running on the computer to send out spam, starting with everyone in the computer's address book. And although everybody I know deletes spam immediately, presumably there must be some sales, or this type of virus would be of no value to the author.
Protect your personal data too
It is important to be as secure as you can, because in extreme cases, your very identity can be stolen, and used in ways that will disadvantage you for a long time to come. And though this may be quite rare, there are many viruses or Trojans which disrupt the data you have on your computer, in some cases causing so much damage that you have to reformat the disk and start again - which is fine if you have kept backups (as we have all been taught to do), but how many of us really do back our data up?
We know we should do this, but when was the last time you made a complete copy of all your data?
This sort of attack tends to be at the amateur end of the scale. But if you have children who surf the net, or you correspond with someone who has kids who surf, you are at risk. The areas where they surf are some of the most likely sources of this type of virus. But any of us can fall victim just by a single moment of inattention when checking through our emails.
How to protect yourself and your personal data...
So how can you protect yourself from all these different threats?
No excuses not to protect yourself!
Using these tools, you can protect yourself from almost any malicious program, and if you do pick up a virus or piece of spyware, for example, you will catch it quickly, before it can do irrecoverable damage.
About the Author: Frann Leach of http://www.informationzone.biz/
Frann lives in Ramsgate, Kent, UK with her computer and her cat, Muffin. She has her own referral marketing business and is always on the lookout to recruit go-getters like herself.
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