Technology: two quick hits.

Author:Krasnick, Steven H.
Position:Technology - Computer security
 
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Network security

Here are four security maintenance recommendations that can be implemented with little to no cost:

  1. Keep Microsoft software updated -- Microsoft offers free updates to most of its software packages through www.windowsupdate.microsoft.com. Updates are posted weekly, if not on a daily basis.

  2. Protect yourself from spyware -- Spyware are small programs that are deposited onto your computer when you visit certain Websites, such as gambling or gaming sites. To protect your privacy, use anti-spyware software such as adaware at www.lavasoftusa.com.

  3. Protect your data -- Password protect your computers, as well as any sensitive files. Choose passwords that are hard to guess. (To test password strength, check out www.securitystats.com/tools/password.asp). In addition, back up your data daily to reliable media (CD, tape, zip drive or online) and check these on a regular basis.

  4. Safeguard your broadband Internet connection -- If you have cable DSL, or some other high-speed Internet service, you should install a personal firewall. A firewall will prevent unwanted persons from accessing your computer and/or network. Check out www.zonealarm.com for a free personal firewall.

    Wireless networking

    Wireless networking allows mobile computers and other devices to be connected to a network/Internet without standard cables. A basic office wireless network requires several components:

  5. A wireless router or access point -- A wireless router will connect you directly to your cable or DSL modem. On an existing business network, all that may be necessary is an...

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