Homeland security, airport security, Internet security ??" these
days we???re literally inundated with a need to protect ourselves
and our property from the non-stop bombardment of potentially
damaging attacks by unknown sources and entities lurking
somewhere out there.
This is the reality of the world in which we live today. We can???t
just lock ourselves up in our homes and wish the problems away.
Life must go on. What we???ve got to do is fight back. And we have
to protect ourselves the best way that we can.
Fortunately, security is big business these days. There really is
no end to the security options that are available on the free
market. And when it comes to protecting your computer system,
your options are limited only by the balance in your checking
So much of our non-sleep time is spent on the computer. Think about
your own situation. If you???re running a small business,
especially when you???re just starting out, the PC often is your
only other partner in the office. You entrust this partner with
every crucial component of your business ??" your accounting, your
inventory, your CRM, your communication, your vital documents,
your sales and marketing information, your project management,
even your on-line store.
You???re handing off quite a lot of responsibility to this partner.
Granted, it???s a machine, and it???s got the internal capacity to
handle such an enormous responsibility. But even the most
powerful of personal computers is vulnerable if it???s not given
the protection it needs to survive in this world of never-ending
Viruses, hackers, SPAM, pop-ups, Trojans and more are out there
lurking, waiting to bring each and every unprotected computer
system to its knees.
And you might not realize this, but there are programs out there
that can log your keystrokes. Don???t understand the implications
of this? Well, every time you enter your login name, your
passwords, your credit card numbers, loggers capture and store
the keystroke sequence. If you ever find unauthorized
transactions on your credit cards, your account numbers might
very well have been stolen by someone using a keystroke logger.
Have you provided your business partner with the protection it
needs to withstand this type of daily attack? You better hope
your answer is yes. Otherwise, you???re playing a dangerous game of
A good Internet security system will keep your business and
personal data safe. It will thwart viruses before they have an
opportunity to wreak havoc on your computers. It will guard
against unauthorized users, a.k.a. hackers and phishers ??" those
whose sole purpose is to steal your identity. It will be able to
recognize and filter out SPAM. And those annoying pop-up ads?
They???ll be blocked before they even have a chance to rear their
When you need even more protection, it???s available, too. Encrypt
your instant messages and keep Instant Messaging spam, or SPIM,
at bay. Internet security software can also provide you will a
listing of all web contacts, inbound as well as outbound, and
will notify you of instances of unauthorized access. Plus, it can
filter e-mail scripts and perform other tasks to help your
computer system hide from Internet scanners.
So, if you???ve not done so already, it???s time you purchase an
Internet security suite for your computer system. Register it so
that you get updates the moment they are available. But don???t get
too comfortable. Remember, even the most advanced Internet
security suite can only guard against known enemies. And new ways
of assaulting your computer are being conceived every day. And
that???s the reality of the world in which we live.
Copyright © 2005 Cavyl Stewart. Get more software tips, strategies and recommendations by signing up for my Exclusive 100% free, 100% original content ecourses. Visit: http://www.find-small-business-software.com/free-ecourses.php