Internet Safety/Security

by todaystrainingblog

December 27, 2013

Internet Safety/Security


                Everything we do nowadays is on-line. We connect with friends on –line, in innumerable ways. We bank on-line. We book our vacations. We do research. We get directions. We order Christmas, birthday, & other gifts on-line. Where would be without the internet and the innumerable choices we have to do things?

                To a confirmed pessimist it may be a much safer world if we didn’t have the internet! Terrorists wouldn’t be able to communicate as well. WE wouldn’t have the 24 second news cycle. There would be no cyber bullying or other such things. And no one could steal out personal information as easily as they do.

                So what can we do to protect ourselves while we are ‘surfing the web’? There are several things we can do to secure ourselves and our bank accounts while we do it all on-line. But we have to be aware of what is out there and how those ner’do wells can get to it.



                If you decide to log on while at McDonalds or Starbucks, you absolutely must ensure that the WiFi network you’re logging onto is secure or it’s useless! Cyber criminals can ‘hijack’ your signal from an open network just quickly as if you gave them access to your passwords! And if they do that and you’re banking or shopping…

                Going along with this is radio frequencies within your home and such things as your baby monitor. It’s not out of the realm of possibility that someone can be driving up and down your block looking for a signal they can pick up and hijack. It does happen with cell phones, baby monitors, WiFi networks, and so on.



                How often do you check your virus software to ensure that it’s up to date on the latest ones out there? Hopefully, this answer will be at least once a week if not once a day. There are millions of new viruses that are floating around on a yearly basis. And while it is impossible to keep your computer 100% safe you have to do your best.



                Having malware on your hard drive is just like having a virus on it, if not the same thing! It can hijack your web browser and switch you to a different website that isn’t secure where it’ll prompt you to put in your information, just so they can spend your hard earned money!

                And some malware can be used to ‘force’ your computer to do its dirty work. In other words, it’ll use your ip address to try and hack others – all leading back to you. And you probably won’t be aware of this until the FBI or DHS shows up at your door and confiscates your computer for years on end!

                Another aspect of malware is to run a complete and total virus scan. This will allow your computer to find, and hopefully, destroy any viruses and malware on the hard drive. You may have to take it to a computer shop and have them do a ‘deep cleaning’ of the hard drive to discover and eradicate such items.

                Also, check your ‘cookies’ and browsing history. While a forensic examiner can find out all of that stuff, the common person can’t and by eliminating the ‘cookies’ it makes it harder for someone, or some computer, from planting malware or a virus on your hard drive without you knowing it.


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