Homeland security, airport security, Internet security â€“ these days weâ€™re literally inundated with a need to protect ourselves and our property from the non-stop bombardment of potentially damaging attacks by unknown sources and entities lurking somewhere out there.
This is the reality of the world in which we live today. We canâ€™t just lock ourselves up in our homes and wish the problems away. Life must go on. What weâ€™ve got to do is fight back. And we have to protect ourselves the best way that we can.
Fortunately, security is big business these days. There really is no end to the security options that are available on the free market. And when it comes to protecting your computer system, your options are limited only by the balance in your checking account.
So much of our non-sleep time is spent on the computer. Think about your own situation. If youâ€™re running a small business, especially when youâ€™re just starting out, the PC often is your only other partner in the office. You entrust this partner with every crucial component of your business â€“ your accounting, your inventory, your CRM, your communication, your vital documents, your sales and marketing information, your project management, even your on-line store.
Youâ€™re handing off quite a lot of responsibility to this partner. Granted, itâ€™s a machine, and itâ€™s got the internal capacity to handle such an enormous responsibility. But even the most powerful of personal computers is vulnerable if itâ€™s not given the protection it needs to survive in this world of never-ending assault.
Viruses, hackers, SPAM, pop-ups, Trojans and more are out there lurking, waiting to bring each and every unprotected computer system to its knees.
And you might not realize this, but there are programs out there that can log your keystrokes. Donâ€™t understand the implications of this? Well, every time you enter your login name, your passwords, your credit card numbers, loggers capture and store the keystroke sequence. If you ever find unauthorized transactions on your credit cards, your account numbers might very well have been stolen by someone using a keystroke logger.
Have you provided your business partner with the protection it needs to withstand this type of daily attack? You better hope your answer is yes. Otherwise, youâ€™re playing a dangerous game of Russian Roulette.
A good Internet security system will keep your business and personal data safe. It will thwart viruses before they have an opportunity to wreak havoc on your computers. It will guard against unauthorized users, a. k. a. hackers and phishers â€“ those whose sole purpose is to steal your identity. It will be able to recognize and filter out SPAM. And those annoying pop-up ads? Theyâ€™ll be blocked before they even have a chance to rear their ugly heads.
When you need even more protection, itâ€™s available, too. Encrypt your instant messages and keep Instant Messaging spam, or SPIM, at bay. Internet security software can also provide you will a listing of all web contacts, inbound as well as outbound, and will notify you of instances of unauthorized access. Plus, it can filter e-mail scripts and perform other tasks to help your computer system hide from Internet scanners.
So, if youâ€™ve not done so already, itâ€™s time you purchase an Internet security suite for your computer system. Register it so that you get updates the moment they are available. But donâ€™t get too comfortable. Remember, even the most advanced Internet security suite can only guard against known enemies. And new ways of assaulting your computer are being conceived every day. And thatâ€™s the reality of the world in which we live.
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