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Security starts with you, II!

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Security is something I spend a lot of time worrying about.

1. Avoidance is a form of security. As long as you completely avoid having anything on the internet, it works.

2. Security software – there are several packages out there. That is the focus of today’s technology post!

So security software is somewhat interesting. There are several big players in the security space, and you have considered which one works for you. There are free virus scanners. There are free Malware scanners. Then there are ones you pay for. Some are bundled with other things. I suspect most Internet Service Providers (ISP’s) should give you free security software. They are the ones that are at risk for compromised systems overall.  Many, ISP’s doe give away free security software.

There are two different things you have to worry about, although now, in the modern world, a third problem is growing.

1. Virus

2. Malware

3. Scam

Virus scanning and Malware scanning are similar but should be handled as separate scans. You scan for malicious signatures. Does the code being scanned do something that isn’t appropriate? One of the reasons why US companies have banned the use of Chinese Hardware company Huawei’s products because of that very issue. When some of the Huawei networking hardware was delivered, it was found to be hosting code that should not have been on the routers. For that reason, you need to scan the inbound and outbound traffic on your computer. You need to keep the signatures up to date so that you don’t get caught sharing a virus!

The last piece is a SCAM; this comes as either an email or as a phone call. Let’s separate the two into distinct operating areas.

To reduce scams via email, make sure your virus scanner is aware of your email. Also, if you get an email with links right click on the link and see where it goes before clicking.

I will put a couple of examples in the poll questions!

The second part is the scam phone calls. Most of the major US and global phone carriers now give you scam protection software for calls for free. If you report a number, the carrier can block that number at the network level. That means in many cases; you will never see that number again!

The most important thing to remind you is to be careful!

  • is https://www.apple.com a valis web address?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Is https://apple.com/bob/today/fun/icpx.com a valid web address?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Do you right click on links to see where they go before you click?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Did you know that world wide, most government agencies do not call you on the phone?

    • Yes
    • No

What do you think?

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Written by DocAndersen

I am a long time blogger and technology poster.I focus on what is possible, but I also try to see what is coming. In recent years I have been focused on sharing the memories of my family, as part of my Family History Project.

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    • that is a very good system, I always right-click on any address (email and web) sent to me. Or if it is hidden by code, I right click select copy hyperlink and paste it into notepad.

      Interesting addresses often!

    • just so everyone knows when you have a / / section in a web address it is not routable unless the server knows where it is.

      If you see apple.com in the middle, and a second .com at the end, it is a hacker address, not a real apple address.

      The answer to the second question was no.

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