When you’re using a computer at work that’s also used by colleagues, you need to take extra security precautions. This is because with users other than yourself, you could be exposing yourself to real risks such as those related to your personal finances such as banking, taxes, etc. Most probably, you have personal information saved in that computer and if you do, you just can’t leave it there easy for anyone to steal. Thus, when there are multiple people using your computer, you need to secure it all the more.
Physical threats to your information could include anything from an office worker gaining access to your bank account because you forgot to log out from your bank’s site or it can be anyone going through your garbage looking out information they can steal from you such as those banking usernames and passwords. Other physical threats to your information also include those who might be standing behind you and watching your fingers as you type. Of course, when you are not careful enough, these threats could very easily become real. Next thing you know, you’re having to pay for credit card purchases you never made in the first place.
Virtually, the risks for identity threat can be a lot more abundant and damaging. Hackers can install all sorts of viruses into your system and these could work by collecting your personal files and sending them to the person who installed them. These viruses are, of course, programs that could very well perform every automated function that it’s been programmed to do. Sometimes, hackers install keyloggers which are codes or little programs that record every character, letter or number you type on your keyboard so when you’re actually logging into your bank account, your username and password will be easily captured. Then, after recording this information, it is forwarded back to the hacker who will now convert the information logged from our keyboard into human readable form.
Of course, you know the possibilities when your banking information lands in the hands of others, let alone hackers who are into stealing other people’s information for a trade. Some hackers actually make a living by stealing people’s banking information and selling them to other people. This is how dangerous the Internet has become, especially for e-commerce transactions. However, nothing is too dangerous for us not to implement measures to protect ourselves.
Some people don’t act until they’ve actually become victims themselves. When you wait for something like this to happen, you can’t really do much anymore because people can only be protected from hackers through prevention techniques. Once the hacking and the hacker is there, there’s nothing much you can do. For this reason, you’ll always want to stop it before it even happens.
When it comes to Internet security, there are many things you can do. Install an anti-virus, make sure your firewall is up and running, scan your computer regularly to watch out for suspicious files and, of course, install an IP hider software.