safety’ is a buzzword that means more that just having an up-to-date
virus scanner. As most computer users are now wise to the need for
security software tools, hackers are shifting their focus to the weakest
link in the chain – the people factor. The most expensive security
software will not protect you if you decide to email your credit card
details to a gentleman in Nigeria who wants to transfer $30 million to
business world, instant messaging has grown into a fast and effective
communication method, especially for remote offices and even customer
interaction. But if you haven’t purchased a secure corporate instant
messaging system and you’re relying on free services like MSN Messenger,
be warned. Google shows over half a million results for ‘hack msn
messenger conversations’. Information sent over most free instant
messaging programs is not secure and can easily be picked up by anyone
with the right software. If you don’t want your customers or
competitors to know it, don’t discuss it via free instant messaging.
Protect Your Children
the most terrifying prospect is the vulnerability of our children. From
naive pre-teens to know-it-all teens, all kids are an open invitation to
abuse. Their natural curiosity about the world and the instinctive need
to test boundaries will lead many children to explore web sites and chat
rooms where predators lie in wait. Further, children are far less likely
to appreciate the catastrophic impact of a cyber attack on your
computers and data, leaving open gaping wholes for exploitation.
Children still tend to be the target audience for cyber safety
messages. Their generation has embraced the internet age of online
communities, chat rooms and messaging. Parents should teach their
children never to give out their personal information over the internet,
including real full name, address and phone numbers.
Unfortunately, stalkers don’t need that amount of detail to still pose a
threat. All it takes is a photo, their town and suburb, and details of
their after-school schedule (e.g. went to my regular swimming lesson on
Monday at ABC Swim School) for your child to be at risk. Sit down with
your children at the computer, pretend you are a stranger and see how
many clues they are leaving as to their identity and location.
Wise parents are now
embracing a new generation of parental control software that not only
can block children from specific sites and activities, but can track and
monitor everything that children do while on the computer, alerting
parents to potentially dangerous situations. Ask us about how we can
help you to make your computers a more secure place for your children.
website requests your personal information. It’s usually a very long,
jargon-filled piece of text, but you may just discover that you’re
agreeing to let them pass on your details to marketing companies. And
we’re sure you’ve heard this a million times before but never open a
file or click on a website link unless you’re sure it’s from a
trustworthy source and you are expecting it. With viruses that
masquerade to look like they came from your best friend, it pays to
check if that person really sent it to you intentionally or not.
future will see more and more ‘too good to be true’ offers where you’ll
hand over power by deciding to give out your personal information. Your
Computer Problem Solver sees these kinds of scams all the time and
can offer you advice on what may turn out to be a common hoax.
Contact us about
how we can put these
and other tips into action for you.