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Ways to Protect Your Computer, Both Local and on a Network

Aug 9, 2008
Computers are some of the most convenient things that we can have around and many of us cannot imagine living our lives without these modern day conveniences. Along with being convenient, however, they can certainly cause a lot of different problems and if we aren't security conscious as far as our computers are concerned, we can end up in a lot of trouble. This is not only the case as far as the Internet is concerned but is also true whenever we are considering our security on a local level. Here are some things that you can do in order to make your computer as secure as possible.

If you're on a network, perhaps at work or even a local network at home, you need to secure it with a password. These network passwords are commonly known as a WEP key and what they are designed to do is to keep people from logging into your network without your knowledge. It is amazing, the number of individuals who have a wireless home network that is unsecured. All that is necessary is for somebody to drive around with their laptop on, constantly searching for these wireless network signals. Once they are able to find one, it is a simple matter for them to be able to log into it and to steal information from you. Your only line of defense is either too not use a wireless network or to secure it with a key.

You may also want to consider setting up separate accounts on a single computer if there are many different users. The reason why this is such a good thing to do is because many of us that use computers for personal reasons also have children that use the same computers in order to surf the Internet. The last thing that we would want to have happen is for them to unknowingly download spyware programs that will end up stealing our credit card numbers and passwords whenever we log on to the Internet. Keeping your account separate from theirs is a great way to be able to keep it secure.

You should also be concerned about spyware programs and viruses that may be downloaded off of the Internet and that can easily travel through a network and infect other computers. Running a good spyware program as well as an antivirus program that is updated regularly is your best, first line of defense against obtaining one of these nasty little programs. Make sure that you were always running these anti-spyware and antivirus programs, whether you're connected to a network or not. You would be surprised with how many of these things can slip by and end up on your computer.

Computers certainly are a convenience that we could not live without but whenever a security breach happens, that convenience disappears quickly. Make sure that you do everything within your power to protect your personal information and to keep yourself free from the damaging effects of security breaches.
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