Avoid Headaches Down the Road With Your Internet Security PDF Print E-mail

A working model of an initial setup of a company conducting business in the internet is a fast and consistent internet link and an organized computer network. For this company, a sizable investment is not a requirement. Just like any real world business, you need to identify your product and sell it effectively on the internet.

Let's say you have done that. You already have a business plan. You are implementing marketing techniques and sales of your product has been picking up. You hope that everything should be fine since you are a small firm having small fixed cost. You may have chosen to give less priority to the security of your small computer network.

It is a mistake. Thinking that your company is small exempts it from the hazards of being connected to the internet is wrong. You are risking too much to have a small operating cost. It may end up into your company losing data and business hours. The web is home to a network of hackers, and malicious individuals. For fun or profit, they hijack control and data from different companies whether small or large. Some famous internet disruptions will include the 'I love you' email virus and the My Doom worm. A virus infects other files. A worm destroys network operating systems.

Data gathered by Internet Security groups seems to suggest that half of all small and medium sized businesses on the internet have failed to adopt security measures for their computer networks. Moreover, the number of breached and abused business networks is still very high. One such research company is AMI-Partners. It conducted a survey to verify how security conscious business companies on the web.

The Internet Security Alliance, ISA, a non-profit group that focuses on information security problems has found out that even small online businesses are more susceptible electronic interference and data pilferage. Some of the bad elements on the internet can even monitor communication whether email or voice over the net methods.

Common sense dictates that it is a waste of time and capital assets if your computer is left unsecured against these threats. Your business will fail if your reputation is damaged by your failure to safeguard data from your customers as well as your company resources.

A solution to these problems is found by surfing the internet. You should get all the information on internet security and the products that provide for it. There are several reputable and reliable companies. They have been providing excellent internet security products for years. Don't you think that it is about time that you minimize the risks of losing your reputation and resources to these bad elements?


Spyware is a catch-all word encompassing malware like Trojans, adware, pop-ups, altered cookies, key-loggers, and so on. Spyware is usually designed to observe your activities online and to discover security flaws. Hackers have acquired innovative implements, like key-loggers, capable of remembering each key pressed, enabling the discovery of your password, bank details, and email.

Stop Spyware: Look for spyware-combating software that has been endorsed by a reliable source like Microsoft.

Identity Theft: Hackers use various methods to steal your personal information. Once this data is obtained, it may be used to make purchases on the Internet with your credit card information, misdirect direct deposits, and produce counterfeit documents. Ordinarily, the best online security programs include some sort of safeguard against this issue.

Stop Identity Theft: Be aware of who you are conducting purchase transactions with. Make certain that a legitimate SSL certificate is located on any page where you will enter information without the presence of error or warning icons appearing in your browser. Safe pages start with 'https:' instead of 'http:'.

Spam: Spam email (email you did not sign up for) can contain malicious links that can do all sorts of things, including infecting your computer with a virus, introducing spyware, as well as attracting additional spam. Having an effective online spam filter is generally a wise choice. Utilizing Internet security software as well as a certain amount of common sense will help you avoid having your inbox swamped with spam.

Avoid Spam: Don't ever 'unsubscribe' any email messages you did not solicit or subscribe to. This notifies the spammer that you are an actual person and your spam potentially could double or triple very quickly.

Phishing: Connected to the category of identity theft, as described above, phishing presents a serious online security threat. This works by sending you email messages posing as trustworthy web sites like your bank. The links steer you in the direction of a fraudulent website that imitates the reputable site. After you enter your private information, a hacker uses this to buy things over the Internet with the help of your identity or your funds.

Stop Phishing: Don't ever click on any link that appears suspicious. Be sure to take note what the ".com" in the URL is attached to. A URL ought to conclude with the expected title, rather than start with this name. For an example, the URL for the Bank of America should look like this:

//somesubdomain.somerealbank.com but a Phishing link might look something like this: //somerealbank.myphishingdomain.com If you are using Internet Explorer, you may be alerted to suspected phishing sites because IE has a phishing filter - but it is not foolproof - always be suspicious of any site that asks you to enter information on their site from email.


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