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Online Security 101

Peggy Haas
 March 9, 2021

Internet security is often a broad branch of computer safety related to the Internet itself, often including web browser protection and overall network security, since it applies both to the Internet itself and to different applications or operating systems in general. 

When talking about Internet security, it usually implies protection from attacks originating from the Internet and various sources. While many people know about viruses and other online attacks, the actual scope of what is meant by Internet security is much broader. This is because the Internet and so many other technologies such as email and instant messaging are open to all types of attacks. These are attacks from both viruses and hackers who may wish to attack networks of computers for their purposes and from people with malicious intent who may use the Internet as a source of amusement. In other words, Internet security can be more than just preventing the physical invasion or use of Internet software programs or systems by people not entitled to do so.

The most common type of Internet threat comes from attacks from other countries or countries with poor computer tracking capabilities. Some of these hackers may use automated means to obtain data from your computers, such as your login details and your password. While some of these online threats are truly serious (viruses, malware, etc. ), others come from people who do not care about your computer safety and may be interested in the free software or information you provide. Some hackers will use targeted attacks to try to trick you into revealing your personal information. These include your credit card numbers or passwords or trying to gain access to your accounts on unsecured or free websites that may be offering you unsavory offers. These online threats are often the easiest to deal with. You can usually handle them yourself by removing the unwanted programs from your computer or contacting your Internet service provider and asking them to either block or remove the offending website.

However, several malicious attackers go beyond just attempting to gain access to your computer. For example, they may be looking to obtain your social security numbers, passwords, and other important data to use against you. They may even try to use the data they have stolen to obtain credit card information, take out loans, and report you to law enforcement. One of the easiest and least expensive ways for these hackers to obtain your personal information is by using the data on the social media platforms you frequent. Most social media websites store your information on their servers, so any time you post anything online, you are leaving a footprint that can be traced back to you. The hackers can easily access this information to obtain credit cards, identity theft, and other financial resources.

There are ways to reduce the impact of any digital footprint you leave online. You can avoid leaving digital fingerprints by using the digital print option when you sign up for new websites or printing out a temporary version of the website you are visiting instead of leaving it on the page. You can also prevent identity theft by never clicking the "share" or "save" button when visiting a website. Also, you should only ever share your passwords with trusted people. You should also never submit any personal data or information to any website without first making sure it is safe. It is also highly recommended that you always protect your social media accounts from being hacked by installing appropriate security measures.

These are not the only types of threats to consider regarding online security, but they are some of the most common. For the best online security and online safety, you must have strong encryption, privacy protection, and other protection features such as VPN (Virtual Private Network). Also, you should use up-to-date anti-virus software, run a firewall, and regularly check for spyware, Trojans, and other malicious threats.

When it comes to online security, you should ensure that your company has strong online privacy policies, implements the right type of encryption, and regularly reviews your customer information and processes for misuse. Additionally, it would be best if you worked closely with your employees to educate them on the importance of using proper communication channels to avoid passing along sensitive information and to ensure that they are aware of the various threats to their privacy. 

Lastly, you should make sure that your company has in place measures to monitor your employees' computer activity. Implementing these measures will help you secure your business and provide you with a level of online security to keep your customers safe.

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