Computer Security Software

Keeping your files safe

There are a few very simple things you can do that will go a long way to ensuring your safety and security both online and with software.

  • Never give out your password to anyone.
  • Never give out your credit card number or other information unless you are absolutely certain that you trust the source.
  • Change your password frequently.

Computer security is not an issue if you are not connected to a network. This may not sound like big news, but its worth remembering: the computer itself is not vulnerable to anything its interconnection and reliance on other systems is what it makes it vulnerable.

There are several areas of computer security to bear in mind as you shop around for computer security software. These issues can be separated into three broad categories:

  • Privacy . The easiest way to remain protected is to never give out any personal information. Realistically, of course, this is not likely, since an integral part of network and internet communication is the exchange of information, and at least some of that has to be personal. The potential in this can range from merely embarrassing to absolutely disastrous.
  • Information integrity . People with nothing better to do can break into secure connections and change your information. This may be relatively inconsequential for some sites, but for online banking or credit, this can be absolutely terrible.
  • Availability . In this, a virus can attack a server or a site and make their services unavailable to users.
  • Access control . This entails controlling the basic aspect of a log in but it also involves the restrictions placed on activity. A user allowed access to a web forum should not be able to hack into any other parts of the website. Similarly, shared networks need to restrict individual users access to other users files, etc.
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