WARNING: Your Computer May Be At Risk

When it comes to protecting yourself and the ones that you care about you take whatever measures are necessary to ensure safety. Setting the alarm on your house when you leave and locking the doors are often times a part of any daily routine. What people are discovering however is that they are overlooking an identity theft hot spot that can be accessed even thousands of miles away from your home, home computer systems. It might not sound very threatening, but how many of you opt to save passwords on your home computer to allow you to login with ease? What about storing your personal banking information on your hard drive in case your wallet or purse was stolen? How many of you are big “online shoppers” and save your credit card information through a website so that you don’t have to reach for your wallet each time you want to make a purchase? It is human nature to try and make things simple but the problem being raised is that someone can break into your computer even millions of miles away. If you are unfamiliar with the technique, it is called computer hacking and it is growing by the second. Computer savvy users are learning ways around security questions and login information to access the information that you have stored in your computer, your email and any sites that you may have visited that still hold your credit card information. There are ways around someone accessing your information directly through your computer such as implementing a firewall, installing anti virus software, keeping your operating systems up to date and remembering not to save any login information. Before saving any information on your computer, think about if someone were to steal your computer how easy it would be to access your personal information.

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