Monday, October 3, 2011

Mobile Computing Device Security

by: Barbara Pauline 

Generation today purely rely on mobile computing devices. They use it in schools, workplace and almost everywhere. Most of these widespread devices are laptop computers, smart phones with processing and storage features, personal digital assistant or we better known as PDA's, iPods, and even a USB memory stick. We would always enjoy the luxury and advantage of using these gadgets but for some reason, bad guys exists who wants to rob our data's, and even personal info's. With this, there are tactics and precautions on how to secure our mobile computing devices.

These security tips will protect our mobile computing devices from fraud and any other fraudulent activities. In every computers or laptops, make sure that you keep the patches updated all the times. In this way, you can avoid to be compromised by any attackers, or any form of computer viruses  and malwares. There are programs that you can use to have this updated automatically, and if you are not comfortable with the automatic update, you can have it set to alarm your system if update is available. A lot of vendors provide a program for notification whenever there is a malware attack or if your system needs to be updated. Just keep in mind always use a secure password to protect your system from any unauthorized access.

This is just to ensure that nobody can access your system unless they have your password. Nevertheless, this is not a guarantee that you can never be hacked if your system is password protected. There are a lot of trained hackers that can do the trick but if your system is protected, it would give them some time to do their thing until your system detects that there are incoming threats on your system. In some computers, it may have a fingerprint reader to protect your system to be accessed by anyone else except your own fingerprints. There are also locking device that is available for portable computers at low prices.

For your computer programs, make it sure that you have installed a personal firewall. It is strongly recommended that you use a personal firewall, this would make attackers job hard and time consuming. There are some systems where the firewall is automatically installed, or in some system, you just need to access and have it configured on the system's preference menu. Network attack is very common nowadays since they always wanted to access somebody's data or stole a file. You can avoid this attack if your personal firewall is installed, running, and configured appropriately.

When it comes to connection, wired or wireless, it is strongly recommended that the settings for security are set to a higher level. You can have it access on your networks menu. Though wireless technology have been able to its maximum security, it is still best to be sensitive and not to easily accept any incoming wireless signals not unless a back up of a more secured encryption is being used. Encryption is the only to have your mobile computing devices secured.

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