An ongoing conversation on information security

Keeping myself and my data secure online is a topic that I never tire of talking about. If I could take a class about information security for free, I would commit to learning all I could stand about information security. Until you get your computer hacked into, your credit card fraudulently used, you still won’t fully understand the urgence about this matter. Thankfully, neither of those scenarios has been my portion, but I’m exceedingly careful about my habits online. For starters, McAfee released a pdf document about top search terms that led to malware infections. Guess what those top keywords were? Searches for lyrics keywords and search phrases that include the word, “free”. Now, since getting my first laptop in August 2008, I haven’t sustained a single successful infection of my laptop. How do I do it?

  1. Common Sense :- I monitor the links I’m clicking on and if it’s too good to be true, I check myself before clicking.
  2. Education :- I can’t get any tech news on the TV so I use the internet a lot to read up on latest threats and technologies.
  3. Common Sense:- Occasionally, I go through the programs installed on my PC to ensure that said programs are the latest versions. I can do this manually or the easy which is through the program, Secunia PSI. Secunia scans your computer and gives you a list of programs that are out-of-date so it saves you the trouble! It’s a no-brainer.

I could go on and on, but I won’t beat a dead horse. When in doubt about something, google.