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 real-world, physical dangers 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 protected and secure.
The danger of someone breaking into your computer and stealing your personal information and data is real. Instead of ignoring the risks it is better to mitigate them.
The world around us becoming increasingly “smart”. There will soon be smart cities, smart houses, smart cars, smart microwaves and smart toilet paper. All these small and large computers will have access to our data and control over our environment.
With our increasing dependency on technology, security has never been more important. We have to protect our digital assets - information and data - to be able to maximize the advantages improved technology brings to our lives.
Technology is fun - but can be complex. The corporations that are selling us computers, smart phones, tablets and other digital devices 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.
It used to be to learn, explore
and have fun. Such explorers 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 by exposing security flaws in computers, services and products that then get fixed.
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 a 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 and 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 stay a step 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 using reliable computer software security tools, by applying computer security tips and techniques when using your computer and browsing on the Internet you can increase your chances of keeping your personal information and data safe and secure.