Twelve Key Questions You Need to Ask About Your Computer Security for Your Home or Business


Security technology is only part of a comprehensive security plan. If you own a small business or home-based business or if you have been responsible for security in your business, developing a comprehensive security plan should be a very important part of your overall security strategy. Get the information you need to get started! In the game of computer security / Internet, the best shot is that of prevention! Prevention! Prevention!

With this in mind, here are the twelve questions you need to ask yourself or at least ask yourself if you are serious about preventing or countering security risks, threats and attacks:

1. Do I have a strong security policy or strategy?

If you do not, get started immediately with examples of security plans, strategies, and best practices for your business and / or home.

2. Where can I go for key information and information about the confidentiality of your information?
Search the Internet for managed security services. Ask them if they provide a free computer test to assess the level of vulnerability of your computer. Ask them if they provide the latest tips to protect your privacy and protect your personal information and that of your business. Or simply – ask me.

3. Does my disaster recovery plan include redundant backup and recovery systems?
Understand what is a good data backup system and how to best recover a disaster.

4. Do I know how to create safe passwords?

Learn to write virtually indecipherable passwords.

5. How do I train my employees or family members to safety?

Get all the major research on what to teach about safety.

6. What should I do if my employees pose the greatest risk to safety?

Learn all about social engineering and hacking insiders.

7. What or who is a hacker?

A person who uses and / or creates software technology to break into computers of individuals, companies, governments and organizations for personal purposes is called a hacker. Often, after hacking a computer, they can secretly control it from a distance, making it a "zombie computer".

8. How does he (or she) enter personal and professional computers?

If they do not have run-in software, they can buy it on the black market or create it themselves. With this technology, they use their malware to look for vulnerabilities in the computers of targeted victims.

9. How can computers in my home or business be exposed to hackers, hackers, viruses, etc.?

You will never know if you do not take the time to test your computer to see which openings are open, through which back doors (up to 65,000 portals) malware enters your computer.

10. What is "hacking"?

As wireless Internet access points have become popular for individuals and businesses, personal and business PCs are now a major target for hackers. In this new phenomenon, called "hacking", hackers simply take their laptops in their cars and travel remotely from business parks or residential neighborhoods looking for open wireless networks.

11. Would I know if someone is trying to hack my computer?

Depending on the security measures you have on your computer and the sophistication of the hacker's software program, you may not be aware. With the help of keyboard recording programs, these cyber criminals can secretly see and record any keystrokes you enter on your computer, giving them access to all your personal and private information.

12. I have all the security measures, anti-virus, anti-spyware and firewall I need. Can I still be hit by hackers and other attacks, risks and computer threats?

Again, depending on the security measures in place on your computer and the sophistication of the hacker's software program, your computer (s) could be compromised or not. Remember: Cyber ​​criminals are superintelligent criminals! In one way or another, they always seem to have a length of time ahead of authorities and anti-cybercrime software.

Of course, if you have to ask these questions, then you have to take immediate steps to plug the holes and fill in the gaps.

So here are some steps you can take immediately to implement, augment or improve your current security measures:

* Learn everything you can about hackers and the tools and methods they use to undermine your privacy and cause problems. Subscribe to a comprehensive source of Internet security research, news and information for small and medium businesses and organizations, or other professionals, who wish to increase their level of security and security. to build on their current technologies and efforts.

* Take advantage of research already done. Access information on top security topics, including hackers and hackers, viruses, data backup, writing good passwords, government and legal issues, protection against fraud hacking insiders, etc.

* Stay abreast of important security developments. Work with a managed security firm that runs a complete library of news articles, white papers, and other useful links that you can use to maintain a deep understanding of cybersecurity issues.

* Need help creating a security plan for your organization or your business? Take advantage of professional safety advice and training, by phone or during site visits. Get vulnerability assessments, employee training, security implementation and more.

Because cyber predators and other cybercriminals are becoming more intelligent and sophisticated in their operations, they pose a real threat to your security and privacy. Your money, your computer, your family and your business are all under threat.

These cybercriminals leave you three choices:

1. Do nothing and hope that their attacks, risks, and threats will not occur on your computer.

2. Do research and training to protect yourself and your family and business.

3. Use a professional to protect your system from all attacks, risks, and threats.

Remember: When you say "no!" for hackers and spyware, everyone wins! When you do not do it, we all lose!

© MMVII, Etienne A. Gibbs, MSW, internet safety advocate and educator

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