First things first – desktop security is not rocket science, yet its importance can never be underestimated. Any threats to your desktop security, such as malicious scripts or worms, viruses, key-loggers, and other Trojan applications should be taken seriously. The fact that everyone is connected to the Internet almost all the time and many people have to make online transactions are two important reasons to deploy effective desktop security policies and measures. Desktop security is not just a matter of protecting your own machine and the data on it. If your machine is found to have been compromised, it could become the source of attacks on other machines, especially if your machine is part of a network.
One crime that desktop security can help prevent to a large extent is identity theft. Identity theft is a serious crime that affects a huge proportion of the global population every year. The effects of identity theft and associated crimes may result in a situation from which it may take a long time to recover. After suffering from identity theft, you’ll be very lucky if you can afford to get an loan or a job. Identity thieves are always out for one thing – to benefit financially by using confidential data from your machine.
Another benefit of employing proper desktop security is that your computer can prevent hackers from accessing computers that they do not have the right to access. This is often the best way to ensure that your privacy is protected whenever you are online. Software built for desktop security also disguises and hides your IP address, so hackers cannot target your computer system specifically to disrupt it.
Apart from identity theft and hacking, good desktop security measures protect you against malicious software and suspicious pop-up ads. The desktop user is exposed to a number of online threats and may become, unintentionally, the entry point for attacks to the entire network. Therefore, it is common for most desktop security systems to consist of personal firewalls and antivirus software, but these only help the desktop with intrusion prevention for network connection points.
Yes, desktop security IS important. Next week, we’ll learn more about what kind of desktop security we can use.