Computer Security Vital
by: Ruby Vanharen
Computer Security Vital
Many of us like to believe that we will never need to worry about
computer security. We cling to the belief that hackers only strike large corporations and people with serious money. But, computer security is not just about keeping hackers out. There are a number of
threats to your computer system and the information contained on it.
Identify theft has become a prevalent problem in the past few years. Credit card companies and banks have had problems with their
computerized data being comprimised. Hackers have broken into their system, putting their millions of customers at risk. If hackers can hack into well secured systems like these then they can most likely
hack into your personal computer more easily. Hackers benefit financially from stealing your personal information off your computer and using it in a variety of ways. The sad thing is that happens to
innocent people every day.
Don't care about identity theft? Why not? What about the amount of time and money you have put into your computer? If your computer has a virus it can destroy your memory and
hard drive causing you to lose all your information. Your computer will be an simple target if you dont' have a security system. Your unprotected computer will eventually fall prey to a computer virus. A
computer virus can be catastrophic.
To avoid the disastrous and awful effects of a computer virus, you must set up a security system on your own computer. Make sure that you have a firewall installed. A
firewall can analyze information from the Internet and check to make sure it is not harmful to your computer. If the firewall determines that the information is harmful then it will block it. A firewall
should be the first component of your computer security plan.
The next thing to do is to set up anti-virus software on your computer system. Anti-virus software provides tools that will thwart anything
that accidently passed your firewall. Hackers have been known to break into the computers and use them as a clone computer. Don't let this happen to you or your friends.
Think about a cloned computer. It
is a tool for the hacker. The hacker will make the cloned computer do anything they want it to from stealing e-mail to breaking into other computer systems. You can supply a shield against this by analyzing
all your e-mail messages with anti-virus software. Don't open attachments unless you were expecting them. Hackers thrive on placing disastrous viruses in attachments. Stop them quickly and effectively by not
opening attachments and deleting the e-mail message right away.
Spyware has gained a lot of press lately and it is what people are using to steal identities and learn all there is to know about their
victims. Spyware roams about your hard drive and collects information for the person that sent it to your system. This malicious software can slow your system down and completely give away all of your
private information. Anti-spyware is offered by browsers and software providers for free in most cases and it is advised that you install it on your system as an additional safeguard.
has become vital to protecting you and your computer in this day and age. The Internet is full of predators and you must safeguard your information and computer from them. Whatever you do, make certain that
you make computer security a priority before it is too late!