Tips for Online Security

Are you protected?Online banking is a convenience few people can live without. It saves time and money, and puts all your financial data at your fingertips 24/7. But there are inherent risks in always having this confidential information just a few swipes, taps, and keystrokes away, not the least of which is the threat of hackers intercepting your account numbers or passwords.

To avoid becoming a victim of cybercrime, consider the following dos and don’ts of online financial transactions:

  • Do install the latest security software from softwaresecuritysolutions.com as your first line of defense against threats. Remember that the most effective computer security comes in layers.
  • Do create passwords that are at least eight characters long and use a mix of letters, numbers, and symbols.
  • Do use your own computers, mobile phones, and devices for your transactions to help keep your information private.
  • Do connect to your financial institutions via secure networks and make sure you shop or send wire transfers only on secure websites (often denoted by https://).
  • Don’t use passwords that can be easily guessed, such as your spouse, children’s, or pet’s names or birthdays. Use a combination of UPPER & lower case letters, number and special characters that look like but are not a real word(s).
  • Don’t use the same password for all your bank and credit card accounts.
  • Don’t conduct financial transactions on your smartphone unless it is protected by ESET mobile security, as cyber criminals are beginning to increase their focus on vulnerable electronic devices.
  • Never connect to your banking site through any links embedded in emails, since these could be phishing attempts.

Although the threats associated with online banking are credible enough to warrant your full attention, that doesn’t mean you have to give up the convenience of using your favorite financial websites or apps. As long as you run security software from softwaresecuritysolutions.com and follow the above list of dos and don’ts, you should be in very good shape.

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Hackers have put my business in jeopardy

Will you be next?
Will you be next?

As a small business owner, unless you’re running ESET NOD32 Antivirus or a similar top-rated program, you risk getting hacked by cybercriminals. A systems breach of any kind could very well be the kiss of death for your enterprise because you would lose your customers’ trust along with their data, and the stellar reputation it took you years of hard work to cultivate would disappear in an instant.

If your business is currently in jeopardy because of lax computer security measures, then it’s critical that you act now to rectify the situation. Here are some important steps to take to protect your company computers from hackers:

  • Install the latest version of ESET NOD32 Antivirus on all machines. The software that has won more 100% performance awards than any other program will give you immediate protection from current and future threats.
  • Train all employees on cyber security. The training seminar should cover topics such as how to choose secure passwords; acceptable Internet and email usage; and the need for regular data backup.
  • Establish a protocol for reporting and handling security breaches. Employees should be instructed on what to do if they notice suspicious activity on their computers or if they inadvertently click on a malicious link or otherwise unleash a virus.

Even relatively small steps such as these can make a huge difference in securing your customers’ social security numbers, credit card numbers, and banking info. To start protecting your business from cybercrime, visit the best resource for computer security at www.softwaresecuritysolutions.com .

Convenience Can Cost You

Identify theft can happen from your mobile phone!
Identify theft can happen from your mobile phone!

Think of all the personal data currently stored on your smartphone. Between your contacts, email accounts, photos, web browser, social networking accounts, banking apps, and passwords, there’s enough sensitive information on there for identity thieves to do some serious damage. And with cellphone cybercrime expected to increase dramatically in 2013, it’s more important than ever to safeguard your mobile phone with help from Software Security Solutions.

Our ESET mobile security software is specifically designed to protect Android and Windows-based phones from common threats such as malware, viruses, and malicious applications without hogging CPU resources or draining the battery. In addition, features such as remote lock, remote wipe, and device location help secure your data even if your phone is lost or stolen.

Other ESET mobile security features and benefits include:

  • Call blocking for both inbound and outbound calls
  • Advanced spam filters to block texts from unknown numbers
  • Password reset for forgotten passwords
  • SIM matching to alert you when an unauthorized SIM card is inserted into the device
  • “Trusted friend” status that allows a designated third party to remotely reset your password
  • Password protection for all system settings
  • Monitoring of your phone’s critical functions, including battery life, free space, and running processes

While there’s no question that a smartphone can make your life easier, this kind of convenience can cost you if your device falls into the wrong hands. And now that more and more crooks are targeting cellphones, you simply can’t afford to skimp on mobile security. Visit the Software Security Solutions website today to learn more about how ESET can protect your smartphone from cybercrime.

I’m Broke Because of My Computer

Don't be a victim of identity theft because your data was not secure.
Don’t be a victim of identity theft because your data was not secure.

Identity theft continues to pose a very serious threat to computer users who don’t have good security software. Once hackers breach your PC and get hold of sensitive data such as your social security number, credit card numbers, bank account information, user names, and passwords, they can completely destroy your financial life. Just ask the 56-year-old Chicago man whose debit cards were charged to the tune of $900,000 and who had to spend $100,000—his life savings—to fight the charges and clear up the mess.

Fortunately, there are proven ways to prevent identity theft from happening to you. Here are some quick tips to help keep you from going broke because of your computer:

  • Adopt a layered approach to computer security. Just having an antivirus program or only using a firewall does not give you enough protection these days. A layered approach that covers a wider variety of potential vulnerabilities is the best solution.
  • Beware of Internet scams. You know there’s not really a Nigerian prince willing to share his $5 million inheritance with you, right? Or that your email address wasn’t in fact picked for the grand prize in a national lottery? Never respond to any unsolicited email offering a deal that sounds too good to be true.
  • Be proactive when it comes to protecting your financial data. Don’t wait until identity thieves strike to change your bad habits. Be proactive about guarding your personal information by installing a strong computer security system, using different passwords for each financial or shopping site, and changing the passwords frequently.

If you’re not using comprehensive security software on your home computer, then you’re practically inviting hackers to access your sensitive data. Protect yourself from the nightmare of identity theft by consulting Software Security Solutions today.