Security For Computer Users

There is a lot of discussion these days about your computer and your privacy or, personal security. Over the next several Tips we are going to cover many aspects of computer security to assist you in battening down the hatches on your online activity.

Our access to information and entertainment, credit and financial services, products from every corner of the world ( even to our work) is greater than earlier generations could ever have imagined.

While the Internet helps make our lives richer and more convenient, it also provides a gateway to our personal information, our homes, families and work sites, our security and safety. Viruses, hackers and worms have become the stuff of headlines, with results that can range from mere headaches to complete havoc and financial ruin.

Identity theft is the fastest-growing white-collar crime in North America. It occurs when someone steals your personally identifying information, like your SIN, birth date or mother's maiden name, to open new charge accounts, order merchandise or borrow money. Consumers targeted by identity thieves usually don't know they've been victimized. But when the fraudsters fail to pay the bills or repay the loans, collection agencies begin pursuing the you to cover debts you didn't even know you had.

The good news is that securing your computer is largely a matter of routine maintenance. Using strong passwords, installing personal firewalls, and regularly running updated anti virus software can go a long way toward protecting your computer, your information, and your peace of mind from thieves who try to steal personal information to commit a crime.

Update your Anti Virus Software

Final Words

This is the season when you cannot find enough time to do everything so feel free to put these on the back burner and return when you have a few moments

Online shopping is a very viable alternative to hopping in the car and driving (an hour or so) to the big box stores. Next I will send a tip on Online Shopping so you can save some time and protect yourself when doing so.

As always, should you have any questions about your computer, do not hesitate in picking up the phone or writing... better to contact me and be sure.

Tom @ Tata Computers