It is difficult to get away from computers as they are all around us and play a huge role in most people’s lives, unless you are living in an underdeveloped country in the third world. Just because you may not actually own a computer does not mean your life is not being affected by computer technology.
This is where the term “cyber-security” or PC internet security comes into play. There is an increasing need for you to protect private and personal information from a new criminal element that thrives on using technology to commit crimes against both individuals and corporations. Rather than physically breaking into your home or bank account, they are using computers and technology, especially the Internet to reach out and attack you.
Not all threats coming from the Internet are created equal, nor do they affect or attack you or indirectly, your computer, in the same way. Sporting names such as “malware”, “spyware” “virus” and “worms”, these cyber terrorists often consist of no more than strings of binary code that have the potential to erase the contents of your entire computer hard drive or send private and personal information such as bank account and credit card information and security passwords directly to their creator, without your knowledge. One day you wake up to find that you entire bank account has been cleaned out!
So how to these PC Internet security threats gain access to your computer? There are a numerous ways, but some of the most common are when you access a specific website or even opening up an infected e-mail. These malicious codes are hidden away in unsecured areas of some programs and computer applications and once opened or downloaded, begin to take over and infect your computer system, in some case even replicating themselves and then automatically attaching to your outgoing e-mails as a way to reach and infect other people’s computer systems. Even more deadly destructive are codes known as viruses and worms that can infect and do more serious damage than simply stealing information.
Often using common sense will help to reduce some of these threats. For example never open an e-mail from someone you do not know, especially ones that have a catchy subject title and then ask you to click on an image or words in the message that will give you some kind of reward. This simple click may in fact activate the download of a computer virus or other threat to your computer. Some reward… NOT!
Another high threat to your PC internet security is represented by people known as “hackers” who do not stop at simply damaging your computer with their dangerous computer codes, but are working hard to take control of your computer for their own personal gain, such as stealing your credit card or bank account access information. In most cases, you will not even be aware that your computer internet security has been breached until it is too late and the damage is … Read MoreRead more