Computer protection and security strategies help you secure your computer and personal information from cyber thieves. With the right combination of tools and techniques you can increase your chances of keeping your computer secure and your personal information safe.
In addition to the usual real-world (physical) dangers that we have to live with, we must also learn how to stay safe in the digital world. This means keeping our computers, smart phones and personal data and information secure and protected.
The danger of having our digital devices compromised and our personal information stolen is very real.
With the world around us becoming “smart” (smart houses, smart cities, smart cars, smart microwaves and so on), there is more and more digital entry points into our lives. We must learn how to protect our digital assets and information so that we can enjoy the wonders of technology in a safe and secure way.
Technology is fun but it can be complex. The corporations that are selling us computers and cell phones do not seem very concerned about keeping our information safe. It is on us to do what we can to stay protected and secure.
Computer protection and security is a state of mind, an approach, a process. It is not something you can buy - although there are software products that help. It is not an event that starts and ends, or a one-time action you take.
Why do people break into computers? It used to be to learn, explore, and have fun. People like that still exist and they do not do any harm. They are very smart and often invent all sorts of products that we use in our every-day lives. They also keep us safe. But this is a topic for another time.
Most people - the thieves - break into computers for financial gain. Because more and more businesses and money transactions are moving online, more and more threats are becoming digital as well.
We pay others and get payed ourselves electronically. We shop on the Internet and pay with our credit cards online. We submit our tax reports digitally. We get bank account statements in email and transfer funds with smart phone applications.
Companies are moving services online because they make more money that way. People are moving online because they want convenience and speed. And thieves are moving online because it is easier to steal money electronically than rob the bank the old-fashioned way.
New devices make using digital services effortless. It is easy to use our smart phone to:
Easy does not mean secure. Our data is being replicated everywhere. Every time we do a digital transaction, our data gets accessed, transferred and copied. Many businesses that make it easy for us to use their services are focused on making money. They are not very concerned with keeping our data and personal information secure.
Of course, it is great to have everything that technology gives us. Technology is changing the world. We don’t need to give it up. But we should try to keep our computers and personal information safe and secure.
You can never completely secure your computer and personal information. As long as companies write insecure software the bad guys will be a step (or two) ahead.
But you can do your best. You can make it secure enough, and back up your information and data for the event when you do get your computer broken into (or lost, or stolen).
The best you can do is to use the available computer security tools and techniques to protect your digital assets and information.
The alternative is to do nothing and gamble with your data. Unfortunately, the odds are not in your favor. All of us are technologically and strategically much less advanced than cyber criminals.
In addition to software tools, by learning some tips and techniques on how to manage your computer and online security, you will increase your chances of keeping it safe and secure.