Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Why secure your PC? Do you need to?

This is the first in a small series of posts to come that will get you up to date with your security procedures. By following my advice you will keep others out of your network and personal files. It will help you to prevent identity theft, and will help you to keep your data secure.

So Why do you need to secure your PC?

We have all heard horror stories about people losing their life savings due to someone getting into their bank account or someone messing with their lives in other ways such as scamming or even holding your accounts or PC hostage until you pay up. I don't need to tell you of the dangers that are lurking in the digital world, and really it is beyond the scope of this blog. What I do want to do is to keep you as safe as possible from these dangers. If you have looked at your bank account online, or payed a bill online you need to worry about how secure your PC is. If you have ever entered a password into a website, or have any account number for anything, you need to consider how secure you PC is.

In the coming posts I will tell you what actions you need to take to keep your PC secure, and even how to secure yourself even after you have upgraded to a new computer and discarded your old one. All of this is really easy, is pretty cheap to do, and really just requires a few hours of your time and some consideration of your habits and what you do online.