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Is the internet insecure because of You?



Copyright 2005 Private Mail Services

Long gone are the days that we could feel secure and know
for certain that we had privacy. With the digital age upon
us we can no longer be so sure that our privacy is secure.
Recently Google has admitted their organisation holds user
data indefinitely. This causes concerns as now we know
Google has information on us that we do not want anyone to
know about.

We can simply blame this all on the big corporate
companies; they seem to be a very good escape goat however,
this is not the case; your privacy is totally up to you.
Certificates ensure that all the data that is transferred
between you and the internet is secure and encrypted.
Recently in New Zealand there was a short certificate
outage on a banks website. During this outage only one out
of 300 users took this security warning seriously.

This is a rather large concern, as many users on the
internet have the same belief that their data is safe and
secure. By the end of 2005 it is estimated identity fraud
will cause up to 5 trillion dollars world wide. We, the
users of the internet must keep ourselves safe, secure and
pay attention to those security warnings. I have compiled
some good tools and tricks that will help keep you much
more anonymous and secure.

1) Get rid of the internet explorer:
First and foremost Microsoft Internet Explorer is the
highest risk to your internet experience. Not only is the
most popular internet browser, but is also the most popular
for attacks from Viruses and Spyware. Internet explorer is
also too integrated with the windows operating system. Have
you ever wondered how a dialler or online casino got onto
your desktop?

I personally recommend Opera; they have a nice clean
browser. The usability is easy and best of all, it uses
tabbed browsing.

2) Protect your Connection.
Make sure you have an active firewall operating; Firewalls
stop intruders from entering your connection and causing
havoc. Hackers can easily gain access to an unprotected
network and steal private information.

With the release of SP2 for Windows XP, Microsoft have
incorporated a free personal Firewall. If you have
broadband your router should have an inbuilt Firewall, and
make sure this is enabled, Zonealarm also offer a free
Firewall. You must always do what you can to protect
yourself.


3) Dont share those files:
One of the most common security flaws besides running
Windows XP, is having File sharing enabled. To disable File
Sharing please do the following:

Click Start Menu, select settings.
Click on Network Connections.
Right-click on the Local Area Connection icon and on the
menu that appears, choose Properties.
In the General tab under This connection uses the
following items, highlight File and Printer Sharing for
Microsoft Networks. (If File and Printer Sharing is not
listed, then file sharing has not been setup). You may skip
the rest of these instructions.
Click Uninstall.
When you are asked if you are sure you want to Uninstall
File and Printer Sharing Click Yes.
You may now close the Local Area Connection Properties
window.
You must restart for your computer for the effects to work.


3) Hide your IP address:
Your IP address is just like your phone number, it links
directly back to you. There are many reasons you may wish
to hide your IP address. Preferable you do not want to be
tracked around the web, its just as bad as having a GPS in
your mobile phone.

I have found a great tool that gives free anonymous
surfing: Primedius. This tool is free for a limited time. I
don't guarantee this service but I believe it performs to
basic anonymous web-surfing standards.

4)Check those certificates:
Your internet connection is not secure, the data that
travels between you and the site you may be browsing may
pass through over 25 other computers. If you are sending
very confidential information such as credit card payments,
make sure the address starts with an https. Also check that
the padlock on your browser is locked, and is valid for the
specific site. This will ensure that you have a 128 bit
encrypted connection with the website.

If you want secure email you may also have your emails
encrypted too. A good free vendor is Hushmail. Your email
security is more at risk than your web browsing; you must
ensure your emails are safe.

5) Kill the spyware
Spyware are little programmes that can easily be picked up
by surfing any website or downloading files. Spyware can
pickup information from where you surf to your credit card
details, this information then can be sold.

Microsoft has released a beta version of their upcoming
anti spyware removal tool. This too works well, and I
highly recommend this tool. Zonealarm also offer a free
online spyware detector.

The information I have passed to you should be seriously
considered. The internet is a very unsecure environment;
you must ensure your data is safe from outside prying eyes.
Make sure you are careful with any transaction you make.
Never fool for any kind of email promotion, anyone who
tries to sell to you through spam advertising is not
trustworthy. Also make sure to check the links from
anything you click on, I have found numerous fake Paypal
sites that try to steal your login and password.

Remember... it is up to you!


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Steve is the owner and operator for Private Mail Services.
http://www.private-services.com We endeavour to keep your
personal life totally safe and private.
Private Mail Services 2005
http://www.private-services.com



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