This article is guest posted by Riley Kissel.
Online privacy and security has become a hot topic in the last couple years as many companies and networks have been accused of misusing the private accounts of many of their users. Facebook is one of the largest networks that have been accused of selling off this information; accusations that haven’t been proved but are still being thrown around. Other professional companies that hold account and financial data have also fallen victim to these hacks. This comes on the heels of a period where an unprecedented number of people have fallen victim to identity theft. As all of these issue continues still today, many are wondering what they can do to improve their online security:
People have gotten a lot smarter about checking their emails, but if you ever receive an email from someone you don’t know, no matter how legit it looks, don’t download it. Whether you’re working from another computer, your own, or even if you’re using your HTC 4G Phone or another mobile device, you still need to stay away from these types of correspondence. They’re spam or malicious in nature and won’t mean anything good for your system. These bogus emails can gain access, if you click on them, to your personal information and potentially steal your identity or use your information for other malicious purposes.
When you use a virtual sandbox, like Sandboxie, you are able to run any program or software while remaining completely isolated. Nothing can get to it and any changes are anatomically discarded when you close the sandbox you’re working in. This way you can do anything you want on your computer and not have to fear opening any attachments or any malware making its way onto your computer. With it you gain enhanced privacy with your browsing history, and when you log off, all temporary files are collected and isolated so you don’t have to worry about anything leaking onto the internet.
Giving Your Anti-Virus Software A Helping Hand
The vast majority of people incorrectly believe that simply using anti-virus software and anti-spyware programs will keep their computer safe. You should always be as safe as possible and taking steps to augment your anti-virus software with programs that are specifically designed to work along side the existing security programs currently installed on your computer. These programs will monitor your computer for any suspicious behavior and isolate it. It’s a silent program so all you have to do is set it up and you’ll never know it’s there until something happens.
There’s many other things you can do to protect your computer from all of the threats floating around on the web, but often the best defense is your common sense. You shouldn’t be going to uncredited sites or downloading unsupported data. Many of these things contain features that have the direct purpose of doing harm to your information or computer. So be careful, and when in doubt, don’t click.