4 Computer Security Threats that May Challenge Your Business

by Guest Author on November 7, 2011

in Guest Posts, Security

Money might not be the major problem you business is facing right now. You probably are wondering why you keep on spending so much without even having attractive gains in your business? There are several factors that will challenge your business, but I don’t think there is anyone of them that is going to be as serious as computer security threats.

These threats will make you spend money, make you lose important private details and more confidential things that pertain to your business and at the end cause you to lose a lot. If you can learn a few of the computer security threats that can challenge your business, you’ll be more prudent when dealing with them.

Password Mismanagement

One of the major problems I found common with computer users is password mismanagement. There are a handful of my friends whom I know that are careless with their passwords. If you want to ensure that your business is safe, start by securing the things that are crucial to you. Exposing your password is a risky act.

If you want to ensure that your password is fully secured, make sure you change it regularly and always use strong passwords. Your password should contain at least, numbers and alphabets. To make it even stronger, you can include symbols like brackets, dots etc.

Virus Attack

If your system is prone to virus attack, there is every chance your business is at risk. A computer can become insecure ones it has viruses in it. Viruses can come into your computer through different ways, but you can avoid it by having a good and sound antivirus suit installed on your computer.

Knowing how my weight watchers discount and ediets coupon business could be at risk if a virus should find its way into my computer, I made sure I installed the latest version of Avast antivirus on my computer.

If you already have an antivirus program on your computer, chances are it may be out of date. You can do something to correct that, which is updating it through the internet. Always make sure your antivirus updates itself regularly, if any other program on your computer doesn’t your antivirus should.

Key loggers

Key loggers are like viruses. These are programs that hide in your computer and keep record of your passwords and everything you type with your keyboard. If you have studied it very well, you’ll notice that most online processors including online banking discourage typing your passwords directly from your keyboard. Most of them use on-screen keypads that are shown on the screen next to the space provided for you to input your password.

The unfortunate thing is that you won’t use keypads for your email accounts therefore the need for you to make sure the presence of key loggers on your computer is eradicated becomes paramount.

Social networking third-party apps

Looking at the success social networking sites are making these days, there are every chance you must have came across a third-party application trying to connect to your Facebook or Twitter account. Before you grant any third-party application authorization to access you Facebook, Twitter or email account details make sure you do your due diligence. Apps like that can synchronize your information and give its programmer the opportunity to use it against you.

If you must allow any third-party application to have access to your social network account details, make sure the apps you are granting such privileges are from trusted sources.

Guest article by: John Edget is a professional computer specialist who wants to see every computer user enjoy a better computing experience. He features the best discount coupons for products like weight watchers and ediets on his coupon blog. He is giving away free weight watchers discounts and ediets coupon codes on his coupon blog.

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Chris November 8, 2011 at 02:51

I’m completely guilty of password mismanagement.. Although keyloggers and virus’s i don’t have to deal too much with since i primarily use Mac and i never use third party apps on social networking sites.

These are some great tips for people needed a little bit of help securing their site. I had an issue with random pages being published in my hosting that would forward to pron sites… Turned out file permissions where set to 777 on everything. Learned my lesson there!

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Veronica Cervera November 8, 2011 at 04:18

Avast is great anti virus. There’s a free version that has good security measures. However, if you are willing to pay for an anti-virus. It would be best to go with Kaspersky.

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Kate Brown Wilson November 8, 2011 at 06:03

I totally agree that all of the things listed can affect our online business, basing on my experience, Virus brings a big problem in our business, it will slow our system unit, destroys our files. so it is better for us to update our anti virus weekly to protect our online work at the same time our system unit.

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Aanchal November 8, 2011 at 08:26

Key loggers are great threat, you can’t detect them if you’re using old version of any anti-virus. Though I use on-line keypads while accessing my bank account from every place. I think email providers should provide such facilities while accessing our email account.
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Aaron November 8, 2011 at 08:32

Third party apps usage is very common these days. Either you’re on Facebook or twitter… we generally use such apps. Earlier I wasn’t aware that they can misuse our information but now I avoid using any apps, If I do use any then first like to check if it’s a popular and trusted apps or not.
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sandraw2580 November 8, 2011 at 08:36

Key logger, I really hate that thing! I had one of my social network site hacked just a few months ago. The only thing I could think of why it happened was probably when I used a computer back in the hotel we we’re staying back in Asia.

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Alan Tay November 8, 2011 at 08:57

Hi John

I agree that security threats today is the main challenge to a business. If someone just drop a keylogger like you said, not only banking information will be stolen but also other internal information might be stolen as well and these information can be very useful to its competitors. IT security policy should be tight in any organization today.
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Vehicle Wraps November 8, 2011 at 11:01

I’ve know a few people with easy, obvious passwords for their sensitive accounts and it amazes me that they seem surprised when they get hacked. I can’t stress enough how important it is to have strong, complicated passwords protecting your data so you don’t risk a security breach.

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Alexandre November 8, 2011 at 18:30

Hi,

Talking about threats: Human Factor is the weakness in the chain.

I posted an article about this matter on my blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/alexandre_marins_blog1/

thanks and regards,
Alex

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Marty November 9, 2011 at 14:12

There are so many threates right now that you can never feel secure. You should make sure you don’t access links in spam emails and don’t download illegal sofware from file sharing sites. These are the main causes why your computer gets infected.
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smadav November 10, 2011 at 04:32

I use many antivirus program on my laptop, and so terrible it’s make some error or crash, I don’t know what cause that until now after I remove all antivirus program.
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Wayne Evans November 15, 2011 at 10:53

Excellent post,
The computer security threats you mentioned are the common fear which every one is facing. I always suffer with password mismanagement problem but now i made the routine to change my password weekly :-).
If one have register version of anti virus then he will be protected from so many crashes that occurs and make loss.
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Jakk @ Technology Blogged November 18, 2011 at 14:21

Key loggers can be a massive problem as noted in your article. Hopefully, many of us will be able to tide these off!

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