Online Legal Protection
Online Legal Protection – Start with Basic Security Measures Just as average users use basic security measures, Internet Marketers must also use basic security measures.
You should think of this as the foundation for all other security measures that you may employ for your online business.
You need anti-virus protection on your system. This virus protection must stay updated at all times. Don’t take any chances with this.
Make sure that you are running your virus protection at all times, and that you scan your system at least twice each week.
You need a firewall. Most systems today come with a firewall as a part of the operating system. Make sure that you set the security on your firewall to the highest possible setting.
You need spyware protection. This is not the same as anti-Virus. They are two totally different things. Spyware protects you from malicious software that can gather information from your computer system, including keystrokes. Make sure that you keep this up to date, and that it is constantly running.
Your system should be password protected. If someone gains physical access to your system, they can easily install software to log keystrokes, and your spyware protection and anti-virus protection will not catch it.
Use a strong password that contains uppercase and lowercase letters and numbers. Do not use common words.
Be extremely careful when sharing sensitive information through email or instant messenger. These messages can be intercepted, and the information may prove valuable to a thief or hacker.
Make sure that your operating system is always up-to-date. Often, software makers – and hackers – find holes in the operating system that would allow a hacker to gain access.
When this happens, software patches are created that are designed to close those holes. You may have noticed that your operating system updates itself fairly regularly. If this is the case, make sure that you allow it to continue updating.
If this never happens, make sure that you have set your options for your operating system to automatically update. Without these updates, your system becomes vulnerable.
Also make sure that any other software that you use on your system is regularly updated. The operating system isn’t the only thing that can leave you vulnerable!
This brings us to how you use your computer. First, let’s cover downloads. Never download anything from an untrusted or unknown source. If you purchase a product, you can usually download it without a problem. It is the free downloads that you must concern yourself with.
Many free downloads contain viruses and/or spyware. If you don’t read the license agreement that we all agree to, you really don’t know what is being installed on your system. There may be third party software included that you weren’t expecting. Take the time to read that license agreement!
Use caution when opening email attachments. Viruses are typically sent out this way. Once you open that attachment, if your virus protection does not catch the virus, you are infected. The only way to prevent this for sure is to not open attachments at all.
Of course, since you are doing business on the Internet you will have to open attachments from time to time. In this case, just make sure that you don’t open anything that you don’t expect or anything from people that you do not know and trust.
Use a pop-up blocker. Often warnings that you have a problem with your system may pop up. These warnings almost look like a warning that your operating system is sending you – but they aren’t.
Often, they are malicious ads that will install software. Do not even click on the close button or the ‘no’ button on these pop-ups. Instead, just prevent them altogether with a pop-up blocker.
If your pop-up blocker does not prevent such messages from popping up, press the Ctrl key and the W key on your keyboard if you are running windows. If you are using a Mac computer, use Command and W.
Beware of phishing scams. These are emails that claim that they are from a company that you most likely do business with, such as PayPal or eBay.
They will tell you that you need to go to the site, and sign in for some security reason. If you click the link in that email, you are taken to a site that appears to be the site that you do business with, but it isn’t.
The people who sent this email to you are attempting to gain access to your account with this email and fake website. Look for the signs. First, they won’t address you by your first name, because they do not know your first name. The site that you do business with will always address you by your name.
Second, if you hold your mouse cursor over the link in the email, you will see that it actually goes to a different URL than the one in the email. This is a sure sign that this is a fishing email. Third, businesses such as these would never request you to sign up for security measures.
You may also receive emails warning you about viruses. These are usually hoaxes, and should not be believed. They will give you directions to either avoid the virus or to check for the virus. They may tell you to look and see if a certain file is on your computer, and in most cases, it will be – because it is an operating system file.
Do not follow these directions. Instead, go to a reputable security site, such as Norton’s site or McAfee’s site and see if the virus is real first.
Make sure that you are using anti-spam features that come with your email client. These will keep you from being subjected to many virus hoaxes and phishing scams, as well as preventing you from letting potential spammers, or those who supply spammers with addresses, that you have a live address.
Often, spam is not a virus or a hoax. Instead, it has a small html graphic that you can’t see included in it, and when you open the email, the sender is alerted that they have found a live address. By using spam filters, you will actually be cutting way down on the amount of spam that you receive.
If you have a network set up, where you connect multiple computers in your home together, you need the right router. Outsiders can take full advantage of your network if you aren’t careful – especially if it is wireless.
If you’ve opted to make files and such available to all computers on your network, those who are basically ‘stealing’ your Internet connection also have access to your files.
To prevent this, make sure that your router has a built-in firewall, that each computer on your network is assigned a dynamic IP address, and that you use the security features that are included with your router and modem to keep outsiders locked out of the network.
As you can see, there is a great deal to securing your personal computer. But once you are set up with the right tools, it becomes very painless and very fast.
Just as you purchase the right tools for your online business; it is vital that you purchase the right tools for computer protection as well. This is a business expense that is Vital.
Above all, just use caution and common sense, just as you do in your life. If something doesn’t feel right or sound right, it probably isn’t right. If your computer starts doing weird or unexpected things, don’t assume it is just a glitch, or that your computer has a mind of its own.
It could be an indication that a virus, a Trojan, or some type of spyware has made its way to your system, despite your efforts to prevent this from happening. The best thing that you can do at that point is stop what you are doing.
Open your task manager and see what processes are running. Make sure that your anti-virus and anti-spyware are up-to-date and let them scan your system. Find out what caused the weirdness and eliminate it.
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