Information Technology: 3 Ways To Boost Internet Security
October 22, 2013
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Worried about your Internet security?
With phishing on the rise, it’s more important now than ever to be secure online. Though you might be running impressive anti-virus software and ad-blocker, it might not be enough. But there is more you can do to improve your network, especially if you are tech savvy and interested in information technology.
Boost your security with these quick tips:
1. Configure Your Firewall
Firewalls control the flow of information between your computer and the Internet. Jennifer Kent and Katie Steiner of the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team suggest you enable a firewall not only on your computer, but through your router as well.
Enabling and configuring a firewall in both your computer and your router can provide you with more reliable protection.
2. Remove Unnecessary Software
Kent and Steiner also suggest determining whether or not all of the software programs running on your computer system are necessary. If you are not using a program and you are not sure what it does, you might not need it.
Hackers are able to exploit vulnerabilities in your software, so Kent and Steiner suggest removing these unnecessary programs to reduce the “avenues for potential attack.”
3. Encrypt Your DNS
Even after configuring your firewall and removing any unnecessary materials from your computer, you can still face security alerts. Hacking and phishing attempts can be made on your computer if your VPN is “leaking” DNS requests, says Alan Henry of Life Hacker. “DNS snooping and poorly configured DNS servers have become popular attack vectors recently… as a way to spy on people (or companies) and collect sensitive data.”
Learn more techniques for protecting your online activity and securing your network at IADT.