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Long gone are days that we could feel secure and know for certain that we had privacy. With digital age upon us we can no longer be so sure that our privacy is secure. Recently Google has admitted their organisation holds user data indefinitely. This causes concerns as now we know Google has information on us that we do not want anyone to know about.
We can simply blame this all on big corporate companies; they seem to be a very good escape goat however, this is not case; your privacy is totally up to you. Certificates ensure that all data that is transferred between you and internet is secure and encrypted. Recently in New Zealand there was a short certificate outage on a banks website. During this outage only one out of 300 users took this security warning seriously.
This is a rather large concern, as many users on internet have same belief that their data is safe and secure. By end of 2005 it is estimated identity fraud will cause up to 5 trillion dollars world wide. We, users of internet must keep ourselves safe, secure and pay attention to those security warnings. I have compiled some good tools and tricks that will help keep you much more anonymous and secure.
1) Get rid of internet explorer: First and foremost Microsoft Internet Explorer is highest risk to your internet experience. Not only is most popular internet browser, but is also most popular for attacks from Viruses and Spyware. Internet explorer is also too integrated with windows operating system. Have you ever wondered how a dialler or online casino got onto your desktop?
I personally recommend Opera; they have a nice clean browser. The usability is easy and best of all, it uses tabbed browsing.
2) Protect your Connection. Make sure you have an active firewall operating; Firewalls stop intruders from entering your connection and causing havoc. Hackers can easily gain access to an unprotected network and steal private information.
With release of SP2 for Windows XP, Microsoft have incorporated a free personal Firewall. If you have broadband your router should have an inbuilt Firewall, and make sure this is enabled, Zonealarm also offer a free Firewall. You must always do what you can to protect yourself.
3) Don’t share those files: One of most common security flaws besides running Windows XP, is having File sharing enabled. To disable File Sharing please do following:
Click Start Menu, select settings. Click on Network Connections. Right-click on Local Area Connection icon and on menu that appears, choose Properties. In General tab under “This connection uses following items”, highlight “File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks”. (If File and Printer Sharing is not listed, then file sharing has not been setup). You may skip rest of these instructions. Click Uninstall. When you are asked if you are sure you want to Uninstall File and Printer Sharing Click Yes. You may now close Local Area Connection Properties window. You must restart for your computer for effects to work.