I don't know about you, but I hate passwords. I hate changing them, because I never can think of what I want to use! Isn't there a better way?Actually there is. It's called biometrics.Biometrics is a method of authentication that uses something you are to allow access to the computer network.You've seen the movies. The hero runs up to the door, a light shines into his eye, and it opens. Or the TV commercial where the man runs his finger across a sensor on his laptop and it lets him onto the computer. Cool huh?Instead of a productivity inhibitor, like old-fashioned passwords, biometrics should increase productivity.Biometrics eliminates or helps manage the weakest point in your security program. The end user. No more sticky notes with passwords stuck under keyboards. And fewer calls to the help desk for password resets, or lockouts.How many hours of productivity do your employees loose while waiting for assistance from the help desk?What types of biometrics are there?Several, here's a … [Read more...] about Biometrics – Customer Friendly Computer Security
There is nothing wrong with taking less than adequate measures to prevent a bigger damage to anything you treasure if you have financial or other constraints, as long as this is done temporarily over a short time. Similar reasoning applies when it comes to computer security threats.Unfortunately some (if not most) computer users tend to forget this. They search on the internet for free computer security software which they dump into their computers and hope for the best. Most of the free software developers consistently forget to inform the downloaders of the inadequacies of their software - and they are many and significant!A simple search for free anti-spyware programs on any search engine yields significant results. If we exclude genuine beta-software from these results, almost all of these anti-spyware programs operate on the principle - "Get infected first, then call us". In other words these programs are reactive. They scan and destroy spyware as it's found in the user's … [Read more...] about Free Computer Security Software – A Leaking Seal!
These days, computers are almost as common in households as telephones. Computers themselves do not cause any threat to individual security. When connected with networks and the chaos that is the World Wide Web, computers have become the tools that identity thieves and hackers use to extrapolate this chaos. In order to establish computer security, software companies have created devices to ward off the hazards and hassles of viruses, spyware, pop-ups and spam.The first of these creations is anti-virus software. There are two main companies that offer this software: McAfee and Norton. These programs work to scan the files on your computer and check them for attributes that are in viruses or are often linked with viruses. These traits or attributes are often called virus definitions and need to be downloaded on a relatively regular basis. In addition to the files on your computer, files on CDs, floppy discs and e-mails can and should be filed. There is no question on this one: … [Read more...] about Computer Security: The Essential Components for A Safe Computer
Computer security, in basic terms means keeping your computer and the data that's in it safe and secure. More of our personal data is stored in or accessed from our computer, now more than ever before. Yet most people lack even the basic understanding of how to keep their computers safe and secure. By following just a few simple rules you can dramatically improve the overall security of your computer.The first thing to understand is what exactly it means to be connected to the internet. Your computer connected to the internet is similar to your house in many ways. There are many ways into your house. Windows, doors, etc. The more windows and doors you have, the more ways someone has into your house. An open door doesn't necessarily mean you are going to be robbed, but it does improve the chances. Complicating matters, the ones that you think are locked, may not be because the lock is faulty or even the door itself may have an as of yet undiscovered flaw that would allow an … [Read more...] about Computer Security – It’s Bigger than Spyware and Viruses
What is a Computer Security Suite?A computer security suite (also referred to as an Internet Security Suite) is a bundled software package from the same manufacturer that includes several different types of internet security protection. The security software applications are all compatible with each other and work together to provide a thorough blanket of protection against viruses, spyware, adware and intruders. PC security suites normally include anti virus software, anti spyware, and personal firewall protection. Some also include a form of privacy protection, which protects personal data such as account numbers and passwords. Many anti spyware programs will also kill most adware, which is a distant cousin to spyware.Do I Need a Security Suite?If you use your computer on the internet, you need (at minimum) anti virus software. If you are using a broadband connection, you also need to use a firewall (hardware firewall, software firewall or both). If you do any business, … [Read more...] about Computer Security Suites – Internet Security Suites
Computers are widely used these days in all fields of business and at home. A huge amount of data is stored and shared by people, and may be misused if not secured properly. A lot can go wrong if, for example, the confidential data of an insurance company is available to the wrong people. In order to protect this data, some measures are taken which are commonly known as computer security.Computer security is that specialized field of computer science which focuses on the development and implementation of security measures related to the use of a computer. The computer professionals develop a safe computing platform which enables users to work without worrying about the security of their data.When your computer is secure you can do whatever you wish without worrying about anybody else getting hold of the data. Different techniques are used to reach this goal. However, machines which have basic security flaws in their designs cannot be protected unless they are changed in some way. This … [Read more...] about Computer Security