Friday, June 10, 2011

Protect your Money

If your username and password for your online banking are compromised, the bank is not responsible for lost funds (read the article by clicking here). You need to protect yourself by protecting your account credentials. A few tips:

  • Use a strong password
  • Have a good anti-malware program installed (I like Vipre Premium)
  • In a business environment, you should consider dedicating a PC to banking tasks.
In an article published January 2010, USA Today reported that the American Banking Association recommends that if involved in financial transactions on the Internet, small business should dedicate a PC to the task. In other words, use one PC for your financial transactions, and use that PC for nothing else, and isolate that PC on a separate network.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Is the Mac immune to viruses

It seems that about once a week someone asks me if they should switch to a Mac computer because they just got hit by some sort of mal-ware (malicious software). The answer is usually the same (and is phrased in the form of a question for you Jeopardy fans), "Do you need a Windows computer to run any of the applications that you use?" If the answer is no, and the price doesn't cause pause, then a Mac may be the computer for you. But don't buy a Mac to avoid mal-ware, at least not anymore. The article at this link points out that due to the increase in the Mac market share criminals are taking aim at that computer line. So if you get a Mac, be vigilant about protecting it.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Email Etiquette

It seems that somehow with all the different forms of communications in this digital age, we have lost our ability to properly communicate. Watch this video for a few good reminders.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Mobile Malware Protection

Some time ago I told you I would find a program for security on your mobile device. This one works for Android, Blackberry, and Windows mobile devices.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Is Your Mobile Device at Risk for a Virus? YES!

It seems that Microsoft, with the help of third party anti-malware software, is finally getting the security level of its software at a level that has forced cyber criminals to focus their efforts to different operating systems to wreak havoc. According to a report from Cisco, a giant in computer connectivity, mobile devices are prime targets (click here to read the article). This includes Apple Computer's iPhone and Google's Android.

Cisco also points out the increasing number of vulnerabilites being found in the Apple operating systems. These systems have been ignored as the cyber criminals have mostly focused on the mainstream Windows computers. But as the Windows vulnerabilities starts to dwindle, criminals are turning their focus to the largely unprotected and unprepared Apple world (many Mac users don't have any anti-malware software installed).

As of today I don't have a recommendation for your mobile device, but will be posting again in the next few weeks after I have had some time to research the topic.