I recently dreamed that I was being attacked by zombies.
No, I haven’t seen any of the currently popular movies featuring the staggering and and hungry-for-human-brains walking dead. I figure it’s probably because one of my Facebook friends is the creator of a zombie cartoon strip, and another one is way into Rob Zombie. Still. Don’t ask me why.
But when I read an article on PCWorld.com a couple of days ago about a “botnet” army being assembled worldwide; I realized that my dream of being eaten by zombies might have a more real-world – or at least digital world – meaning.
Do you know that it is possible for your computer to be hijacked and used without your knowledge for nefarious purposes by others such as spam, denial of service attacks, theft of financial information, and more?
Do you also know that even though much of this cyber crime happens as a result of infected e-mail, it can also come as the result of phishing attacks through infected websites, and even through an attack on on your wireless router?
So, it’s no wonder I was dreaming about zombies.Your digital life is in danger if you don’t take adequate steps to protect it.
Even then, it’s possible to still get hijacked, hacked, or infected. If even the company that provides digital security for the US federal government and the company that provides digital certificates for government agencies in Europe can be successfully hacked, you can be too – and a lot more easily.
Here are some steps to take that can keep you more secure online:
1. Make sure you’re using a good internet security suite/antivirus program and keep it up-to-date.
2. Keep your computer’s operating system up to date, and install all patches as soon as possible.
3. Make sure you have a good, fairly new wireless router. Make sure to update its firmware when new versions are released.
4. Keep track of charges to your credit cards. If you notice anything amiss – make sure to report it right away.
5. Don’t click on links in e-mails.
6. Remember that your bank will never send you an e-mail requesting that you confirm your password or other sensitive information via e-mail. If you get something like that; it’s a scam.
7. Make sure to backup your data.
8. Lobby local, state, and federal government representatives for stepped-up enforcement of cyber security laws, and ask for increased vigilance on the part of government agencies to protect sensitive government data–including information they have on file about you.