Computer and Internet Security for Internet Marketers - A Must Have
If you are working on the internet, or doing internet marketing, it is crucial that you have decent internet security. Failing to have adequate internet security will be a liability for you as it will be easy for hackers to access your computer and do all sorts of damage.
For one, hackers will be able to get hold of your passwords and it will be possible for them to go into your banking sites, or even worse they could get hold of your credit card information and spend a fortune before you get wind of it.
Hackers could also use your passwords to host their own websites under your name without you even knowing it. I have heard of cases where people were hosting porn and illegal sites without their knowledge. ID theft is also fairly common.
It is your responsibility to protect yourself and your business by making sure that you use an anti virus software, a firewall and anti spy ware and make sure that you update it regularly. There are 500 new viruses created each day, so make sure you stay on top of things.
A good site to visit to keep you up to date with all the viruses is ‘staysafeonline.org.' Here you can find out all you need to know about the latest viruses and also use some of their technology to protect your computer. Antivirus software that is pre loaded in your computer is normally outdated by the time it gets to you, so make sure you update by purchasing one of the recommended software programs, or stay on top of it by visiting the above site.
Invisus.com is a good site to visit for a wealth of information on this subject. They also have a free tool that you can use to run a check on your computer.
In short, to maximize your computer security:
• Protect your personal information - It's valuable.
• Know who you are dealing with online.
• Use strong passwords that can't be guessed easily. Don't use your date of birth for example.
• Update your operating system and web browser software on a regular basis.
• Backup all your important files.
• And finally, make sure that you protect your children online.
I know we internet marketers are busy people, and we don't always have time to think of things like this, but believe me you will waste a lot more time if your system is hacked into.
Do your virus update thing on a daily basis, it take five minutes, and then you can market to your hearts content for the rest of the day, not having to worry about the security of your personal information, or your computer crashing on you.