How To Protect From Cybercrime
Friday, August 15, 2008
- Antivirus software
You know this; what you may not know is that antivirus alone does not catch every threat.
- Anti-spyware software
Spyware is software you don't want, similar to viruses but using different tactics. Adware, malware, keyloggers, Trojan horses, they all fit into the category of spyware.
Just like a fire door in a hospital, a firewall keeps out Internet nasties that try to sneak under the radar of antivirus and anti-spyware software.
- Regular updates ("patches")
Every program has bugs, and these bugs can be used by viruses to manipulate your computer. Harden your security defenses by keeping your software up-to-date.
If you have a company-owned computer, talk to your IT department about the protections that are installed. Find out if your corporate network prevents laptops from logging on unless the laptop has updated security. You can also explore one-time password systems, or biometric options like the fingerprint scanners now built in to most laptops.
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Posted byTriona Guidry at 8:49 AM