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Internet Security 101

by: Vianca C. Villar | 22 Feb, 2010 18:25:43

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Opening your e-mails, running or downloading files or programs exposes your system or computer to greater risks of infection by worms, spyware, malware, Trojans, spam and all other viruses discussed in previous articles.

Being, a computer user myself, here are few tips or good habits one can practice in maintaining e-mail or internet security.

What you can do?

Setting up a firewall to your system should be your primary course of action for your computer’s online security. This tool only allows your system to establish connection with known or trusted IP addresses and sources. It acts as a fence keeping away unknown threats. 

Similarly, anti-spyware and virus protection software can be installed to safeguard your files against hackers. These viruses are inserted in HTML, text or software form but, once it enters your computer it can potentially cripple programs and steal user sensitive information.  Also, make sure these soft wares are updated and that your system’s security settings are regularly checked and adjusted to cope up with evolving viruses.

As a user, what are your responsibilities?

Apart from those security measures mentioned above us, as users play a huge responsibility in promoting security online. As passé as it may sound the adage, “Prevention is better than cure” seems applicable for this subject.  Indeed, preventive actions coupled with common sense might just do the trick. Here are some of these ways:

1.)    Make use of unique passwords for personal accounts to minimizing  the danger of confidential information being stolen or hacked

2.)    Before downloading a file make sure that you have gathered enough positive comments about the site; take time to research about the program or soft ware, join blogs or chat rooms to provide you with more feedback. Sounds like a lot of work? Believe me, it’s worth avoiding the risk of your system getting infected

3.)    As for your e-mails, do not open attachments from unidentified sources for these are most likely viruses disguised in such form

4.)    Be alert; do not fall for scam e-mails or phishing attempts. Bear in mind that your banks, (if you currently have an online account) will never ask you to release usernames or passwords. You’d be better off logging into the company’s website to check your account from their site offering you more security. In the same way as, e-mails stating that you have won a prize or a paid trip is probably the oldest yet, still proves to be an effective fraudulent scheme luring unsuspecting individuals up to this very day. I mean, think about it, isn’t it just odd to win something from somewhere you never even heard of nor joined? That’s why plain common sense becomes essential in thwarting online hazards.

I have given you pointers and measures to follow to ensure that your online security is not compromised at the very least. However, one must take note that the success lies heavily on us, the users. It’s not enough that you keep mental notes about the precautions stressed in this article you need to put them into action. Sure enough, nothing beats prevention in continuously providing you with internet security.

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