Electronic Pick-Pocket – Stop it Now!

Banks and financial institutions are doing their best to improve security. They are adding multiple questions to answer before gaining access to an account and using secure (HTTPS) connections to scramble the transmission so prying electronic eavesdroppers cannot grab information. This all sounds great except if the criminal element is able to pick this information directly from your computer! And, sadly, there are too many computers surfing the Internet with open computer ports, the doors into the computer, ripe for the picking or a person opening bogus emails that download a thief’s malicious code.

You might say, “I’m safe, I’ve got the Windows Firewall, a respected Anti-Malware (Virus) protection Software plus a Anti-Spyware program. What’s the problem, hey, the computer does seem a bit slower but everyone is complaining about that!” The problem, like the last Computer I performed a Security Audit on, was 120 detections of which 2 were electronic pick-pocketing programs. And, the slow computer was due to these plus other issues of which one was excessive Add-Ons to Internet Explorer. In fact, part of the slowness of Internet Explorer was due to the Anti-Spyware program they were using for protection.

Maybe you are getting a little worried, and this is a necessary ingredient towards action, because the criminal element is keen to have your money and your identity. Don’t go too far and be fearful because there is plenty of help! First of all, financial institutions are not going to allow these rogue elements to stop the economy and the Internet is too useful a tool. The first thing to do is follow some KEY TIPS – such always typing in financial institution web site addresses directly and do not click on links for these in emails. Do not use a debit card on the Internet, only use a Credit Card for purchases. The other step is to setup a multi-layered Security using top-rated security.

What are the criteria for top rated security programs; consistency, efficiency and proficiency. The Security Program needs to perform over time and be adaptable. A slow computer will boil your head and there is too much bloat-ware out there. You need trusted protection. The beautiful news is that home computers can get all this for free!

Currently, there are 3 Anti-Malware programs that border on 100% detection rates which outstrip some well known Security Software. And, they do this efficiently without unduly burdening the computer.

Success, you install one of these Programs and it finds over 100 detections and these are all cleaned. This is good news but first check the computer is running okay. If so, toggle the Restore Points, because this is a well know hiding place for Malware hoping to be “Restored” back onto the computer. Toggling Restore Points on and off will delete all the previous Restore Point files and the corresponding Malware.

Now, what about those PORTS? Ports are the communication pathways between your computer and the Internet. You might even think of each PORT being a different language communicating to different countries for different activities. Now, if you were to walk into a dark neighborhood it would be nice to be invisible? Sure, and the technical term is STEALTHED. Your computer will be invisible to the general Internet. Windows Firewall can STEALTH the PORTS but eventually an EXCEPTION is needed and now the computer is visible. If a criminal element finds your computer they can begin using different kill methods to tear down the firewalls. But if you are using a top-rated FIREWALL, also free for Home Use, their task will be next to impossible. Installing top rated Firewall and Anti-Malware software are the primary steps to safe Internet use.

If you are using Windows XP the real trick is to use a LIMITED USER account for general web surfing. Many Windows XP users run with the original computer configuration that has them assigned as an ADMINISTRATOR. This is convenient for installing programs and making modifications but also convenient for MALWARE. By using a LIMITED USER account the privileges are greatly reduced on what files can be accessed and what can be modified. The net result is even if MALWARE makes it to the computer it is likely to find it cannot install itself since you and thus it do not have the necessary privileges. In giving up some control in another sense you have more control of the computer!

Making these modifications is not beyond the reach of the average or even beginning computer user. The Computer Appliance Learning Maintenance Manual is written for this purpose. There is no reason to settle for a slow computer and small business owners, especially, need to take the proactive step to protect their vulnerable computers that house important customer information. The criminals like the current situation but it is costing our economy. Take action today to protect your computer and your identity.

Diana & Paul Woodward, Authors

Copyright (c) Napa Valley Security Consulting 2009

A list of DO’s and DON’ts for using the Internet to avoid becoming a victim of Malware, Virus’s, Spyware and email scams.

Tips from Diana & Paul Woodward, Stop the Electronic Pick-Pocket

Data Protection and What it Means to Your Business

We all need computers whether for personal use or toil, or for a commercial applications. For like purposes, it is critical precautions since information can spread and it’s state of affairs more risky when you using to the Internet as well.

Remember about what you experience during the time when you lose important data. You won’t be able to sleep properly in the event that you information is destroyed so it is thus essential to have constant backups made.

Nobody desires private and confidential to be disclosed through the Internet regardless sadly with the rising popularity of computers in this time knowledge isn’t safe. The size of your organization or business is not hardly an a problem therefore it hardly matter whether are using your personal computer at your residence or in the workplace, the only worry is data preservation. It is a great challenge in itself to protect personal records however it is additionally critical to be alert of what exactly are the purposes behind these data loss.

Several utilities are available on the market right now in order to protect your important information Some of these are backups, firewalls and various protection software program bundles for viruses.

Poor judgment of an employee is yet another reasons related to data leakage, so it is considered then, that workers have the ability to stop a much of the of information loss. If an worker is equipped essential knowledge surrounding computers and are honest when do their tasks, loads of important information can be prevented from ending up destroyed. If good powerful security system is not incorporated, employees mostly take this at face value and function without any care which means that confidential data may end up gone.

These are various ways that would assist in preserving your information:

Encryption:

You are able to defend your files utilizing a technique called encryption and through utilizing this technique, information is encrypted or is rewritten as some code, that may be unencrypted by only the person that know the key or a associated password. These days with the easy access of so many data encryption software on the market, you can easily decide on any one of them to ascertain secure transfer of information.

Backups:

Backing up your data is an additional one of the tools that you may use to halt sudden data loss and it’s extremely effective in the event of loss because of a random power failure. If you’re doing constant backups, those issues may be easily be avoided though there isn’t specified time at which you’re expected to make a backup. Though, once within a week is the least it needs to be done, though thrice per week is what’s advisable when making the backups. The sensible thing is to be sure to make backups every day seeing how the personal nature of this files is the sole standard to create the limit for these backups.

Firewalls:

A layered type of system is followed in the case of security however the system can also be as a defender of information or else a firewall should be introduced. Through firewalls, no one is able to use your system unless they have your permission and with this method, your data is much secure. It is highly suggested to update your machine at frequent intervals in order to maintain security in a more consistent fashion.

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