Keep Those Digits Safe
Keep Those Digits Safe
I am not saying anything about keeping your hands safe but keeping the digital information you have safe. In the old days the deeds Tokenize to your home were kept with a lawyer or at the bank. Today all the information is digitized and kept on a computer. Once I was talking to a lawyer about his father’s time as a legal clerk when he would go from his office to another lawyer’s office on horseback with a pistol carrying a bag of gold to pay for the purchase of a home.
Today these transactions are done in seconds over the banks computer networks. Years ago thieves would break into your home and steal TV’s and video recorders; today they are more likely to steal the computer. Not for the value of a stolen computer but the information that is contained inside. When was the last time you changed your passwords? Are the passwords for your bank or e-mail stored on your computer? A few tests and the criminal can access your bank and email information and may even after he has emptied your bank account reply to one of those phishing e-mails to give your bank details to another criminal and the nightmare escalates. So, let’s concentrate on protecting your digits in your computer as must as you protect your valuables.
Today many of the criminals are not as obvious and instead of stealing your computer will access it via the web to steal the password and access code information. So-called hackers will attack government, military, financial, and business targets for fun or for spite. They will also seek out and steal information from the home-based computer. It is not enough to switch your computer off at night, but make sure that all the computers in your home are shut down at night unless they are needed to receive fax’s. If they are needed to receive fax’s then they should be disconnected from the Internet so no-one can access them from outside your home. That seems simple but we need to protect all of our computers even when we are online and working. The more creative work we do on our computers the higher the likelihood of it being wanted by someone else for nothing.
So we need to consider and install advanced digital security both on our own computer and on any other computer in our home. A spyware routine passed from one computer to another in your home can show to someone somewhere the keys you are pressing and the websites you are accessing. It is easily picked up and once the information is in someone else’s hands the damage is done. We must also consider the digital security for our web pages. Yes I know the only presence you have on the web is little Johnny’s blog but even that is enough. The accessing of large web portals like MySpace has been documented but people can find out e-mail addresses from MySpace without being a member so be careful. If necessary consider using an ISP with its own virus and spyware protection before the e-mails are read by your or accessed by your computer.
If you run your own business either from home or from an office or shop the first thing to put in place is a proper digital security system. This may seem to be overkill at home but as soon as creative ideas stir you into action then you need to consider making your home computer or network as secure as you possibly can. It may mean extra money spent on software or hardware but it is far better to prevent unauthorized access than to pick up the pieces afterwards.
For all our homes and businesses we need to have an information security system. Bank, credit card, address, and family information needs to be secured. For a business, employees’ names and addresses, their partners and children’s names and e-mail addresses must be safe from prying eyes. This includes your employees. If employees share their home e-mail addresses with one another then they are free to do that, but taking them from the personnel files is not allowed.
I hope I haven’t scared you into never using the Internet again. Unfortunately the Internet is a place of ideas and designs and some people are out to steal yours for their own benefit so keep those digits safe.