Money is always on the mind of all business owners, and many small businesses simply don’t have deep enough pockets to finance information security teams and resources to keep their businesses safe from IT security risks. Small businesses, commonly thought of as having 500 or fewer employees, constitute a majority of companies in the United States. Customers of these businesses expect their financial and other personal data to be secure. It can be overwhelming for small business owners that may not even have an IT department to think about how to handle their network security. Here are a few ways to make your online security a little safer if you are a small business owner. [Read more…]
Computer security is one of the biggest concerns for all companies nowadays. Company data is sensitive and organizations will do everything to keep it secure. A recent survey revealed that there is a huge demand for computer security experts that is not being filled because there aren’t enough professionals who can fill these slots. Computer security experts can demand top dollar because it is such a highly sought after job. [Read more…]
Before there was a Bill Gates or a Steve Jobs, most companies relied on typed records, carbon copies and hand-written notes to store data and valuable information. If the boss needed to check an employee’s work history, he would simply ask his secretary to pull the file folder from the wall of four drawer, steel filing cabinets. The system worked pretty well before we had computers and the digital world replaced the paper world.
Today, almost every document has been copied, scanned or otherwise reduced to a digital record. IT managers are charged with the responsibility of designing systems to create, store and access that data. They, along with the executives and managers who run the company, must be able to account for that data whenever it is needed. Electronic data may be stored on the hard drives within an organization or it could be out there in the cloud. [Read more…]
Computer viruses are one of the most annoying problems of the modern digital age. Often created by computer coders with too much time on their hands, these bugs can be quite troublesome and can destroy valuable in
formation stored on your computer. There are a number of anti-virus software programs available to help you monitor any possible infection, but prevention is always better than the cure. There are a few ways you can make sure you lower your chances of contracting a computer virus. [Read more…]
We all know the importance of having good and difficult passwords once we have access to a site or a network but one thing that many would have to consider would be the length. Others would want it short, but these are people who would not care of why they are given access. Others want it long normally something that they can easily remember such as their address or birthday. But how long should it be?
Traditionally, it should be at least 8 characters. Some are fine with 6 characters but for security reasons and avoiding hackers, it would be best to make it longer. A combination of alphanumeric characters would be better as it makes harder to crack for people who love to do mischief. So if this were the case, the potential combination would perhaps be your car plate number, bank account or even your driver’s license codes. With that in mind, you better make sure you also write it down and keep it in a safe place. This is in case you may forget it for some reason due to the tons of information you have stored up in your mind.
Regardless, a user should always make sure that the password he chooses is something he is familiar with. For most sites, we are asked to put secret questions to which we can answer for ourselves. But in choosing the right one, we must make sure that it is something only we know and not something that can be easily guessed by anyone. Failing to do so may put your access and credibility at risk.
Emails are supposed to make life easier but sometimes, it may be wise to choose who you give out your email to. Today, a lot of mischief can be done and normally this comes in forms of email attacks or email bombs. In such scenarios, don’t be surprised if you find your email downloading hundred to a thousand emails in one sitting. That is not the best part. You would be lucky if this was done only once since others would schedule it daily.
Why do they do it? One is for trials of these foolish software and the other can perhaps be for malicious reason. It is a fact that while many people on the web cannot be harmed physically, they can create headaches for you in the form of discomforts from the privileges you get from the web. One of the main elements an online user would need to use is his email and by doing these email attacks, it burdens the person on how to get important information usually sent through the web.
One cannot avoid such instances. But the best way to prevent it is to choose the people you give it too. For people you meet on the web, it would be wise to use free mail accounts from Gmail or Yahoo over your personal one. Avoid the troubles of such since it will not only be a discomfort, but a forgettable experience as well.