Internet Security - A Bulletproof Jacket Against Malicious Software PDF Print E-mail

Almost all computers are hooked to the Internet nowadays. That means, one computer can be exposed to as much as one thousand other computers all sharing the same information over the Internet at just one time! And just like exposing your back to an armed criminal, exposing your computer on the internet is just as dangerous. When a computer is connected to a network and communicates with other computers, it is actually taking a huge risk. With this kind of openness, hackers can easily gather the user's personal information, passwords, and even credit card numbers and such. Thus, there is a need for some form of line of defense when it comes to using the internet.

Internet Security protects the user's computer from intrusion. Some of the most basic security measures provided by Internet Security software are back ups of the computer's data, well-chosen passwords and change of file permissions. There are many kinds and forms of Internet Security, and the most common kind is the Anti-virus software. Anti-virus software protects the computer from programs that contain malicious content such as Malware, Viruses, Trojan, Worms, Spyware and Bots. These malicious programs often infiltrate, spy and take over the user's computer system. Anti-virus software keeps these things in check, scanning the computer for viruses and such, and eliminating them. Some examples of popular Anti-Virus software are Norton, AVG, Avira and BitDefender. Most of these programs may be downloaded over the internet for free, but some of them, like Norton Anti-Virus, still have to be purchased.

Another form of Internet Security is the Anti-Spyware. This program removes two major kinds of threats from the computer system: Spyware and Adware. Spyware gathers information from the user's computer and sends it to a third party, while Adware downloads advertisements and display them automatically. Aside from this, Adware is usually linked with other malicious software that are privacy-invasive. Anti-Spyware software keeps these programs in check and eliminates them from the computer system. Some examples of popular Anti-Spyware programs are Ad-Aware free, Spybot Search and Destroy and CWShredder. Like Anti-virus software, these programs may also be downloaded over the internet for free, but some of them, like F-Secure, still have to be purchased.

Aside from choosing the right Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware program, the user can better improve the line of defense by choosing the right internet browser. The most common internet browser would be Windows Internet Explorer, and because of this, malware creators choose to exploit it. Hence, it would be wise to switch from Internet Explorer to other browsers such as Firefox, Safari and Google chrome. They are less commonly used, and thus, less malware creators would exploit them.

It is probably safe to say that right now, Internet Security is as vital to a user as a bulletproof jacket is to a police officer in the line of fire. With so many threats throughout the Internet just waiting to be 'clicked' on, Internet Security provides a line of defense against these malicious programs that try to exploit your computer system.

Identity theft is a very vicious and life altering crime. It is the fastest growing and biggest crime in America surpassing even drug trade. Identity theft intrusions can come from a variety of sources and places where you hang out on the internet. Even some of our favorite sites like Face Book and My Space are not scam proof and you can very easily lose your personal information on the internet in a variety of ways.

The dangers of identity theft are accentuated with rapid growth of wireless communications such as the Wi-Fi. What once appeared to be a harmless and time efficient activity, browsing the net or checking your email in your favorite book store, library, coffee shop or in hotels while on travel has turned out to be extremely dangerous because you can very easily lose your personal information. There are countless identity thieves with wireless snifters around these places trying to get your credit card number, social security number, any identifying information and even the IP address of your computer.

However, due to extensive coverage in the media most people are now getting serious about preventing Identity Theft. Most, computers come with one of the many Internet Security Software available in the market place today. What started as software to protect computers from viruses has grown into very elaborate and complex suite of security features. These days top Internet security software come with features that stop viruses, spy ware and computer hacking attempts; set parental controls and even alert you of phishing attempts. They come with parental controls, advanced firewall options and even network monitoring for wireless networks. Some of them even have tools to clean up accumulated unwanted files and clutter and cookies from the internet, erase traces of personal information and surfing history. Some of the latest features introduced in top internet security software now include some form of Identity Theft Protection measures such as password protection and authentication of trusted sites.

Are these measures enough and fool proof? Certainly not. It is a long way from a total secure environment. There are two things that come in the way. Browser security and router security. It is important to keep your computer updated with latest updates and security patches of its operating system (mostly Windows) and browser (Internet explorer and others). Both of these concerns are being addressed better than in the past but still pose a great deal of vulnerability. Hackers have the ability to find vulnerabilities and can beat firewalls. So it is far from a secure system.

The second point of vulnerability is the router security in a networked computer. But it is also one of the most overlooked and perhaps the best methods of protecting your computer from intrusion and your self against identity theft on the internet.

It is the router which assigns an IP address to the computer linked to the net. IP address is a unique identifying numerical tag for each computer device linked to a network or the internet. It is this address that gets logged on and identified whenever you are connected to the internet. Your browsing history at your ISP (Internet Service Provider) can trace all your internet activity. You can use the router to change your IP and you can make the connection secure by built in encryption capabilities of the router.

However, topping all these security measures is the introduction of IP Changer software that rapidly change IP by using a number of proxy servers at many different locations. By routing your internet connection through these anonymous proxies, the sites you visit will get one of many IP addresses other than your own, thus hiding your real IP address from potential hackers and identity thieves. These software and anonymous proxies have become very efficient and send your data in encrypted form without noticeable drop in internet connection performance. Thus Rapid IP change with the help of the new IP changer software allow you anonymous surfing that in combination with data encryption and most advanced Internet Security Software suites provide the most comprehensive shield against Identity Theft as of now.

It is remarkable how a simple idea to Change IP and well established encryption technology can bring us a safer and more secure internet connectivity and protect us against Identity Theft more comprehensively than the best Internet Security software alone.

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