Staying on Top of Your Credit

In this issue, we are talking more about personal security rather than your data. By now, it is almost common knowledge that is not actually free and that leaves the lingering question of "Why is it so hard to find a free credit report despite the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003?" Whether you'd like to admit it or not, buying a car and a house without an abundance of cash laying around is much easier done with a good credit score.

Security Corner – USB Flash Drives

USB Flash Drives - Small agents of big security risks

Remember when floppy disks were the main vehicles for transferring data? As virus outbreaks increased, extra precaution was taken when files were opened on unknown floppy disks. An infected file meant a compromised system.

Security Corner – Internet Fraud

Five easy ways to protect your business
from internet fraud.

Many internet hackers prey upon users
who are too complacent or just too busy to keep their guard up. However,
if you do nothing else to protect yourself from online fraud, at least
take care of these simple measures:

1. Install anti-virus software and anti-adware/spyware

Security Corner – Is Your WiFi Secure?

Upgrade to the latest in WiFi security.

If your wireless access point (WAP) is more than 6 months old, it is likely that your WiFi connection is not secure.

It’s easy to breach the original Wireless Protected Access (WPA) standard unless you have a super password with more than 21 characters and words that can’t be found in a dictionary.

Security Corner – Do I Have a Virus?

Every now and then I get email rejection messages for emails that I never sent. Does this mean I have a virus? How can I stop this from happening?

You don’t have a virus. Somebody else does, and the program harvested your email address from their system.

Lower Your Password Vulnerability with Four Powerful Tactics

Possibly the easiest and most important measure you can take is to use strong passwords. The best ones have at least 12 characters, cannot be found in a dictionary, and include numbers, lower-case, and capital letters. Alphanumeric passwords can take weeks to crack (compared to the mere seconds it takes to nail a password that can be found in the dictionary), and by mixing upper and lower case letters this decoding time can expand to a year or two.