Who's watching you?

Written by Dale Sexton

How many business owners use DSL, cable or other fast modem hookup to get onrepparttar internet? I use a 56k modem myself, but because I test most of my programming online, I am on 10 to 16 hours a day.

Hackers like to get into sites that are online allrepparttar 132120 time. If you have a super fast modem like DSL orrepparttar 132121 like, and you leave your computer on, your online. Hackers like to get into your computer, get your financial information, plant programs to hack into other sites without a trace, or just wreck havoc on your computer.

Here is another scenario, Do you use programs like Netscape, Go!zilla, or Real Player? Did you know that they contain programming to send information from your computer to their server? These are notrepparttar 132122 only programs with spyware built in. So I've been told, they can send every program you've downloaded and what address you got it from.

Believe what you wish, but I believe that anything can happen. What can we do to prevent any ofrepparttar 132123 above or worse from happening? I've been studying this.

Let's look at some sites that rummage through your computer and show you what they see. What we are going to learn is how vulnerable we are.

http://www.secure-me.net/secureme_go http://grc.com http://www.sdesign.com/securitytest/index.html http://www.hackerwhacker.com/

After these sites have ransacked your computer, let's see what we can do to prevent it from happening again. A good fire wall will be a good start. The fire wall I prefer is ZoneAlarm from ZoneLabs. These fire walls are free torepparttar 132124 public, although if used for business, they ask for a small payment. The average prices I've seen are around $20, but compare for yourself.

Cyber Warfare

Written by Richard Lowe

In these days of all-out combat in Afghanistan, terrorist attacks in New York and Anthrax in Washington, it's easy to lose one's perspective. I know I've become addicted to checkingrepparttar major news web sites several times a day. I now listen torepparttar 132119 news radio stations onrepparttar 132120 way to and from work instead of my normal rock and roll station. It seems like something might happen at any moment, and I want to know immediately.

Something that seemed to be mentioned in every IT related publication forrepparttar 132121 last year or so isrepparttar 132122 possibility of cyber warfare. This isrepparttar 132123 concept of attacking a country through it's information systems (specificallyrepparttar 132124 internet).

Sincerepparttar 132125 attacks I've seenrepparttar 132126 number of articles go from a few per week dozens per day. Warnings about security risks seem to be popping up all overrepparttar 132127 place. It is important that these warning be taken seriously - it's time to wake up folks and get your systems locked down.

What could be attacked? Just about every company has an internet connection these days. Many of those companies do not have good security, as is proven byrepparttar 132128 recent Nimda and Code Red outbreaks, as well as numerous penetrations by hackers.

If you are an IT manager you probably need to ask yourself some important questions to be prepared forrepparttar 132129 possibility of attack. In fact, it is your patriotic duty to be sure your systems are safe and secure. To do otherwise not only puts your company in danger, it actually threatens, even in a small way,repparttar 132130 security of your country.

Does your organization really need to be attached torepparttar 132131 internet at all? - This isrepparttar 132132 first question to ask yourself. I know it seems like every workstation at every company must be attached torepparttar 132133 internet, is it really necessary? Does it add torepparttar 132134 company bottom line? For many companies,repparttar 132135 answer is yes, for others no.

Isrepparttar 132136 information that you provide torepparttar 132137 internet community appropriate? - This question has come up on a large number of government and utility sites. Is it really necessary, for example, to include a map of a power plant? I know this might seem useful to, say, schools for educational purposes, but it may also be even more useful to terrorists and other evil-doers.

Is your backup and archive strategy sound? - The most important single task that you perform is backups. Do them regularly and checkrepparttar 132138 data occasionally.

Are your password policies good enough? - The weakest link in most security schemes isrepparttar 132139 user and his or her passwords. If your management will allow it, make sure your users have long, complex passwords which they change regularly. Enforce best practices with their passwords.

If your front line security adequate? - Have you got firewalls installed? Regardless of whether you've got a home computer or a hundred million dollar complex, you'd better install a firewall if you have not done so already. A hardware firewall isrepparttar 132140 best solution, but a software one will do for a home system if money is tight.

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