Tuesday, April 5, 2011

How to Dodge Data Theft

Use VPN software. If your company doesn't have one, check publicvpn.com or witopia.net which offer safe connections for a reasonable fee.

Be sure you have an up to date system by installing all security updates for your browser and operating system. Also, get a good antivirus and anti-spyware program.

Turn off your PC's wi-fi if you're not using it. Your system could still connect you to a fake network without you being aware even if you're not on the internet.

Opt forwell-known networks like T-mobile or At&T as much as possible, and download the encryption software they offer you before you leave home.

Use networks with harder-to-crack WPA security instead of WEP. Your wireless utility reflects which type.

Turn of your wi-fi if you have a cellular modem. It's virtually impossible to hack cell communications which are a closed system.

Anytime you send personal data online, look for a lock icon in the lower-right corner of your PC browser or "https" in the web address. This indicates that the website is encrypting your data before sending it.

it's preferable to use Firefox browser rather than Explorer for Windows or Safari for MAC, since it has fewer security holes.

Be sure your computer's firewall is on (which can be found in network settings). This will keep other machines from surreptitiously connecting to yours.

Whenever possible be wary of doing any kind of financial transaction in public. Leave the online banking and stick trading until you're back home.