Are We Losing our Privacy?

Written by Merle

If you spend any amount of time online you've heard about "privacy policies." Privacy issues are becoming a major concern online. Every time you visit a website, fill out a form, or purchase an online product or service, you're giving out personal information. Did you ever stop and wonder what website owners are doing with that information?

The information collected can be sold to third parties -- usually ad agencies and marketers -- or kept byrepparttar site owners themselves for use in creating a profile of your preferences and tastes.

You might think if you've never filled out a form or even given out your e-mail address they have nothing on you. Think again. Information can be gathered about you every time you log ontorepparttar 132122 Net. Certain types of information can be learned about you "invisibly" that you're not even aware of such as:

1) Your IP Address (the address given to your PC by your ISP whenever you log on).

2) The type of PC you have

3) The Browser you are using

4) Operating System you're running

5) Domain Registered Name

With more and more sites gathering information it's more important than ever to implement your own privacy policy and to be aware of others' policies when giving them your information.

A privacy policy is a statement or article that spells out what you do with any personal data collected by your website. Although not mandatory it is a good idea to implement one on your site if you collect any kind of personal data from visitors to your website. A privacy policy also will make your site guests feel more comfortable sharing their information with you, knowing you won't sell it torepparttar 132123 highest bidder.

So what components make up a privacy policy?

1) Clearly state what information you are collecting and if you share it with any third parties.

2) Give a way for site visitors to change any information given now, at a later date.

3) Clearly state how you are storingrepparttar 132124 collected information.

4) Information on how to opt out of any future mailings from your company.

5) If your site uses cookies this must be disclosed.

Use simple wording in your policy instead of high tech language, and don't collect any information that you really don't need. It's important to keep up on any new laws regarding privacy policies in case you need to modify it later on.

If you need help creating a policy you can use Truste's online wizard at This will give you a good starting base and you can editrepparttar 132125 final product to fit your site's needs. After creating it make sure you link to it from every page on your site.

Will your network pass a security audit?

Written by Michael Bruck

It is a well-known fact that inrepparttar Internet-connected world network perimeter vulnerabilities do exist that allow unauthorized individuals access to networks and providerepparttar 132121 ability to disrupt business continuance. Well-prepared companies do know about many of these vulnerabilities and they correct them whenever appropriate. However, there are a large number of new, as well as older vulnerabilities thatrepparttar 132122 average company is just not aware of. If these vulnerabilities are known, companies usually, and I emphasize usually, allocate resources to them. Unfortunately, too many companies either do not haverepparttar 132123 resources to track such security-related matters or do not haverepparttar 132124 trained internal personnel to allocate towards identifying and remediatingrepparttar 132125 vulnerabilities. Obviously knowing about or being able to detectrepparttar 132126 vulnerabilities is halfrepparttar 132127 battle, but not acting onrepparttar 132128 known issues for any reason is almost a guarantee to loserepparttar 132129 battle.

An alarming fact is that many companies do not prioritize information security because it does not generate revenue forrepparttar 132130 company. However, as we have seen inrepparttar 132131 headlines and trade journals,repparttar 132132 lack of a proper security program can and does affectrepparttar 132133 bottom line. Some organizations are now investing larger budget dollars and resources into information security, and they’re starting by assessing their present level of risk with an audit. If your company relies onrepparttar 132134 Internet and was one of vast number that missedrepparttar 132135 vulnerability used byrepparttar 132136 Code Red virus, you know howrepparttar 132137 lack of an active security program can affectrepparttar 132138 bottom line. In addition to unknown vulnerabilities, there are many stories of technicians performing routine network maintenance and unintentionally leaving credit card database or other proprietary information open for would be hackers. Findingrepparttar 132139 vulnerabilities in your environment is vital torepparttar 132140 success of your security program, but knowing how to prioritize and perform proper remediation is often impossible without properly trained personnel. Lets concentrate onrepparttar 132141 value ofrepparttar 132142 audit process and deliverables for a moment.

Whenever we think of audits,repparttar 132143 first thing that comes to mind isrepparttar 132144 financially related IRS visit. They are looking for holes inrepparttar 132145 integrity of income and expense reporting for individuals and companies. These audits are required because ifrepparttar 132146 system, in this caserepparttar 132147 tax system, has enough vulnerabilities, thenrepparttar 132148 whole system fails. The audit acts asrepparttar 132149 police to either deterrepparttar 132150 vulnerabilities or find them so they can be eventually removed. Removing vulnerabilities in your information network is just as key, but can you find them, which are important, and how do you remove them efficiently. Much likerepparttar 132151 IRS audits, finding information network security vulnerabilities requires a trained professional. Most commonly,repparttar 132152 security professionals trained in auditing are full time in-house employees of onlyrepparttar 132153 largest companies. Forrepparttar 132154 majority of companies who want thorough periodic audits, this requiresrepparttar 132155 use of outside security experts asrepparttar 132156 most cost-effective choice. Outsourcing to security professionals offers many advantages over in-house testing, such as having a team of experts dedicated to current security matters, armed with proven best practices or entire methodologies, and equipped with a suite of security auditing products instead of a single commercial tool.

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