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Who’s watching you?

Written By: Dale Sexton

How many business owners use DSL, cable or other fast modem
hookup to get on the internet? I use a 56k modem myself, but
because I test most of my programming online, I am on 10 to
16 hours a day.

Hackers like to get into sites that are online all the time.
If you have a super fast modem like DSL or the like, and you
leave your computer on, your online. Hackers like to get into
your computer, get your financial information, plant programs
to hack into other sites without a trace, or just wreck havoc
on your computer.

Here is another scenario, Do you use programs like Netscape,
Go!zilla, or Real Player? Did you know that they contain
programming to send information from your computer to their
server? These are not the only programs with spyware built
in. So I’ve been told, they can send every program you’ve
downloaded and what address you got it from.

Believe what you wish, but I believe that anything can
happen. What can we do to prevent any of the above or worse
from happening? I’ve been studying this.

Let’s look at some sites that rummage through your computer
and show you what they see. What we are going to learn is how
vulnerable we are.

http://www.secure-me.net/secureme_go
http://grc.com
http://www.sdesign.com/securitytest/index.html
http://www.hackerwhacker.com/

After these sites have ransacked your computer, let’s see
what we can do to prevent it from happening again. A good
fire wall will be a good start. The fire wall I prefer is
ZoneAlarm from ZoneLabs. These fire walls are free to the
public, although if used for business, they ask for a small
payment. The average prices I’ve seen are around $20, but
compare for yourself.

http://www.zonelabs.com/
http://www.electrocities.com/nukenabber.htm
http://www.sygate.com/

I’ve found a program that will shut web pages down that use
cookies and tracking programs. It will log and keep track of
sites that want to keep track of you. Said better, you can
see who’s been watching you. The program is called IDcide. I
really like the play on words. Find this program at:

http://www.idcide.com

Do you want to know what software is telling on you? This web
site will help you learn this.

http://www.spychecker.com/

Find the programs you like, some of these sites may give you
other ideas to choose from. Install what you like, then go
back to the first list, the sites that ripped through your
computer. Try them again. What happened? What I hope I did
was open some minds to the possibilities that can and are
happening on the internet.

It is my belief that businesses want to keep their trade
secrets… secret.

About the Author

Dale Sexton owns and operates ‘PageCrafters.net’ and
publishes ‘Small Business Tools magazine’. Both are
focused on tools and tips to run your small business
or start a business. You can reach him at
pagecrafters@pagecrafters.net and sign up for ‘SBT
magazine’ at http://pagecrafters.net/newsletter.html

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