Commercial Security

With over 3 billion computers in use today (Source: Internet World Stats) the amount of data that is stored in government and personal computers is staggering. We are heavily dependent on information exchanged over the internet which includes secure and confidential information. This has opened up the virtual world to a host of new threats to the identity and information security exchanged and stored on the internet. Safeguarding information from these cyber threats has become the top priority for most countries that are trying to safeguard their assets by taking preventative measures, most computer users are aware of the risks but still continue to ignore them which could potentially lead to identities being stolen or damaged. Cybersecurity for an average user begins at home and hence we should educate ourselves on basic cybersecurity to safeguard our private information. Most of our workplaces are covered with a better security blanket that filters most threats. Below are some of the security measures that I use at home.1.
 
Safeguarding access: This is the most basic and effective way to thwart most threats with a strong password which could discourage a potential hacker who could use password hacking tools. Changing the password every couple of months, not sharing passwords, and also not using the same password on multiple sites makes the computer less vulnerable.2.
 
Anti-virus, spyware and malware: While some virus might be harmless, most can damage files,open unsecure ports, impact the performance of the computer and so on. I make sure that theanti-virus on my computer is updated frequently and perform periodic scans. Spyware sniffs information from the computer and can track online activities, confidential data etc. Malwarecould come in different forms such as Trojans, adware etc. and could steal confidential information and damage the computer.3.
 
Firewall: I make sure I use the firewalls which is provided by my internet provider and also the ones which comes with my mac. These Firewalls block external unauthorized connections to yourcomputer.4.
 
Secure Wireless connection: The Wi-Fi router we have at our homes comes with default credentials which are very easy to guess. This user name and password needs to be changed as soon as we start using the router to make it secure. Also I make sure that I reduce the range and always use WPA2 which enables network encryption and disable guest access. This discourages hackers who are piggybacking and also any brute force attacks. I sometimes check the devices connected to my computer just to be sure

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