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Internet security is based on the principle of safeguarding oneself against attacks over the internet.
The most common security problems that affect home users and small businesses are virus’s.
Most virus’s make programs unusable while others destroy data.
There are a few ways in which you can protect yourself as a home user and your business from such threats.
Nowadays most computer systems that are sold come with some sort of antivirus software.
The information outlined below should help protect your systems and personal data :
To protect yourself against malicious activity, perform regular scans.
Remember, that new viruses are created at a phenomenal rate, about 82000 everyday, so keeping your antivirus software up-to-date will increase resistance against such attacks.
Antivirus software should scan for rootkits.
Use your built in Operating system firewall. Your firewall works like a filter and controls inbound and outbound network traffic. You control what you want to get out and what you get in.
Everything else is not allowed.
Keeping up to date with the latest security news is a plus.
You could avoid any negative impact by being aware of new threats.
Downloading pirated software puts your computer and your network at risk.
Hackers crack copy protected software and might insert malicious code in some files.
As soon as you run the pirated software, some code may be executed and could infect your computer and/or network with viruses, or your computer could be under the control of the hacker.
Once your computer is under the control of the hacker they can use additional software to track keyboard activity, e.g. passwords, banking information etc...
Disable remember passwords in browsers:
- Open Google Chrome
- Click the "three bars" icon in the top right hand corner
- Choose Settings
- Click Advanced Settings and look for Passwords & Forms
- Untick both and close the settings page
- Open Mozilla Firefox
- Click the “three bars” icon in the top right hand corner
- Choose Options
- On the left menu select security
- Untick “Remember logins for sites”
- Open the Tools menu
- Select Internet Options
- Click Content
- Under AutoComplete, click Settings
- Click Delete AutoComplete history…
To prevent AutoComplete in the future, make sure AutoComplete is deselected for User names and passwords on forms, and then click on OK.
- In the menu bar, open the Safari menu
- Select Preferences
- Go to the Autofill tab and turn off all options
- Click the passwords tab and turn off “autofill usernames and passwords”
Always backup the files on your computer to an external source.
Default router passwords should be changed. Also have a secure wireless password.
These passwords should never be easy to guess.
The iSAT Team
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