Internet Security, Anonymizer, Firewalls and Anti Virus Software
Internet Security Tips: Anti Virus Software, Anonymizer, Firewalls
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Web site files also require security both at the company and at the hosting company’s site. Such security at the company can include the below steps and may also include additional restrictions on who can gain access to make changes to web site pages prior to uploading to the hosting server.
Use protection software and keep it up to date. Make sure you have anti-virus software on your computer! Anti-virus software is designed to protect you and your computer against known viruses so you don't have to worry. But with new viruses emerging daily, anti-virus programs need regular updates, to recognize these new viruses. Be sure to update your anti-virus software regularly. Check with the web site of your anti-virus software company to see some sample descriptions of viruses and to get regular updates for your software.
Don't open email from unknown sources. A simple rule of thumb is that if you don't know the person who is sending you an email, be very careful about opening the email and any file attached to it. Should you receive a suspicious email, the best thing to do is to delete the entire message, including any attachment. Even if you do know the person sending you the email, you should exercise caution if the message is strange and unexpected.
Use hard-to-guess passwords. Passwords will only keep outsiders out if they are difficult to guess! Don't share your password, and don't use the same password in more than one place. The golden rules of passwords are: (A) A password should have a minimum of 8 characters, be as meaningless as possible, and use uppercase letters, lowercase letters and numbers. (B) Change passwords regularly, at least every 90 days. (C) Do not give out your password to anyone.
Protect your computer from Internet intruders -- use "Firewalls". Firewalls create a protective wall between your computer and the outside world. They come in two forms, software firewalls that run on your personal computer and hardware firewalls that protect a number of computers at the same time. They work by filtering out unauthorized or potentially dangerous types of data from the Internet, while still allowing other (good) data to reach your computer. Firewalls also ensure that unauthorized persons can't gain access to your computer while you're connected to the Internet.
Don't share access to your computers with strangers. Your computer operating system may allow other computers on a network, including the Internet, to access the hard-drive of your computer in order to "share files". This ability to share files can be used to infect your computer with a virus or look at the files on your computer if you don't pay close attention.
Disconnect from the Internet when not in use.
Disconnecting your computer from the Internet when you're not online lessens the chance that someone will be able to access your computer. And if you haven't kept your anti-virus software up-to-date, or don't have a firewall in place, someone could infect your computer or use it to harm someone else on the Internet.
Backup your computer data.
Back up small amounts of data on floppy disks and larger amounts on CDs. If you have access to a network, save copies of your data on another computer in the network.
Regularly download security protection update "patches". Most major software companies today have to release updates and patches to their software every so often. Sometimes bugs are discovered in a program that may allow a malicious person to attack your computer. When these bugs are discovered, the software companies, or vendors, create patches that they post on their web sites. You need to be sure you download and install the patches.
Check your security on a regular basis. When you change your clocks for daylight-savings time, reevaluate your computer security. The programs and operating system on your computer have many valuable features that make your life easier, but can also leave you vulnerable to hackers and viruses. You should evaluate your computer security at least three times a year.
Make sure your family members and/or your employees know what to do if your computer becomes infected. It's important that everyone who uses a computer be aware of proper security practices. People should know how to update virus protection software, how to download security patches from software vendors and how to create a proper password.