In recent news, there has been much discussion about the risks involved with simply interacting online. When a company like Yahoo has a billion customer accounts hacked, one has to be concerned about the safety of their own system. Even the U.S. government has been subjected to recent hacking attempts and successes perpetrated by outsiders and other governments. Are you doing all you can to protect your computer and/or system?
Here is a few reminders about some of the steps you should be taking to keep yourself and your technology out of harm’s way.
1. Antiviral Scanner – Do you have a software product on your computer that is able to counteract today’s most damaging viruses? For two decades now, this is the most basic form of protection you can provide for your computer. Failure to install one of these programs exposes you to millions of viruses just waiting for an unprotected victim.
2. Beware of Phishing – There are literally millions of spam emails out there phishing for your personal and banking information. As a rule of thumb, you should never open an email from someone or a company you don’t know. For additional protection, you should never provide your address, name, last numbers of credit card, etc. online without verifying the identity of the requesting party.
3. Secure Connections – The world has gone mobile. Before you start discussing private things and providing personal information online, you want to make sure you are operating over a secure connection.
4. Encrypted Gaming Sites – If you’re going to play social games or gamble over the Internet, you would be well advised to restrict yourself to gaming on websites that carry the proper certification. A 128-bit SSL digital encryption technology certification would be preferred.