10 security loopholes: Are you vulnerable?


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Computer security is one of the biggest concerns in today’s digital world. If your computer is not secure, then your financial world and personal world are always at risk. Are you still vulnerable to digital disasters like malware wiping out your PC, online accounts hacking, or becoming a victim of identity theft?

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10 security loopholes: Are you vulnerable?

  1. 1. 10 Security loopholesAre you vulnerable?
  2. 2. Computer security is one of the biggest concerns in today’s digital world. Ifyour computer is not secure, then your financial world and personal worldare always at risk. Are you still vulnerable to digital disasters like malwarewiping out your PC, online accounts hacking, or becoming a victimof identity theft?Here are some of the most security loopholes and simple steps to avoidthem and make your computer and online world more secure.1. Mobile devices and PIN protectionWe are now no more just on laptops and computers. Smartphones andtablets make up for most of our digital world today. So, imagine if your tabletor smartphone gets stolen or lost, how much you will really lose. With justone device gone, anyone can have access to your photos, files, textmessages and even access to your other accounts, thanks to the differentapps you downloaded.You need to do a very simple thing; enable lock screen protection thatrequires a PIN or password before using the device. Though PIN does notguarantee 100% safety, it is the first step for initial security for your mobiledevices.2. Anti-theft app for mobile devicesIf your smartphone, iPad or tablet is stolen then we take it for granted thatwe are never going to see it again. However, if there is a smartphone anti-theft app installed then there are still chances of recovery. You canremotely locate it on a map from any other device you have or even fromyour computer. It will play a siren and help you locate your phone. You caneven use this anti-theft app to wipe your device, if you feel you just wouldnot get it back.3. Anti-theft solution for laptopsJust like tablets and Smartphones, you can even setup anti-theft solution foryour laptop. If it is stolen by any chance, you can remotely locate it with Wi-Fi and IP address locations. However, it has to be connected to the Internet.There are also some anti-theft solutions that lets you remotely control theweb cam and monitor the screen as well.
  3. 3. 4. Perform PC security checksAnother very common security loophole that makes us vulnerable isskipping PC security checks. Don’t ignore when your computer prompts fora security or system scan. You just can’t do without an antivirus. It is liketrying to drive a car without wheels. Have antivirus, firewall and othersecurity tools in place before working on your computer.5. Laptop encryptionSetting up a password to log in to your PC is the most basic thing and it caneasily be bypassed, giving ready access to your files and personaldocuments. The best thing to do is get your laptop hard drive encrypted.This will stop anyone from removing or bypassing your password, keepingyour system safe.6. USB drive encryptionThe use of USB and flash drives are quite common today. All you have todo is plug them in and get immediate access to all the files that you need.However, with this flexibility there are also security loopholes that can put allyour files at a risk. If you are storing any sensitive documents on externaldrives, it is best to encrypt them that require a password before the accessis given. It is best to go for 256-bit AES encryption.7. Social network accounts securityIf you are not paying attention to your social network, then it is just going tobe a part of time when you will be taken by malicious links and social appsthat try to get access to your personal information or money or even spreadspam. And wait, this does not include the privacy issues that come in play.There are different social security apps that help you catch different onlinethreats. Here are some social security apps to check out.8. Get online backupsYou already know that you need to create a backup of your computer’s harddrive. But what will you do if the backup disk goes bad? Using an onlinebackup service is a good way to protect your valuable documents, as a
  4. 4. second backup. You can select from many antivirus companies providingonline backup services to its users.9. OpenDNS for content filteringDo you think OpenDNS is only for families that have young kids? Other thanblocking adult and inappropriate websites, OpenDNS also helps block virusspreading websites and other online threats. The basic level OpenDNSservice is free and it applies to both personal computers or even the entirenetwork.10. Wi-Fi network securityHave your Wi-Fi encrypted is one the most important things to do to avoidunwanted visitors on your network. Don’t let people you don’t know getinside your Wi-Fi. If you have a home network then make sure it asks for apassword before giving access. This is the simplest step for Wi-Fiencryption.Avoiding these simple security loopholes can help keep you safe andsecure in 2013.