Over the last few decades, the business of real estate has undergone significant changes as to how technology is used to communicate with clients and facilitate transactions. But one thing that has not changed is the mountain of paper required to document the exchange of property. There are close to 40 pages of forms required during the process, and all signed pages must be stored for up to six years as historical and legal records.
This article is part two of a two part series on computer security. Part two features network security, online security, and encryption.
Encryption is a way of scrambling data and communications so only the owner, or the authorized sender and receiver, can read the data. Without the ‘encryption key’, which is usually just a password, the information is just jibberish. Encryption is a great way to protect sensitive data on your computer, such as personal documents, income tax software saved files, and other financial information from prying eyes.
This article is part one of a two part series on computer security. Part two will feature network security, online security, and encryption.
In the good ‘ol days of the Internet, programmers who wrote viruses used to do it for the mischievous sense of accomplishment and respect of their hacker-culture peers. These days, however, viruses and malware are big business for organized crime. What this means for you is that viruses are no longer a nuisance, they are meant to steal valuable information without you ever knowing it. What to do to stop the attacks? Security for your home or office computer network is one of those topics that can go from the very basic to the infinitely complex. For 99% of us, though, a few simple strategies will secure your computer and its data against 99% of the threats you’ll run across.
Social networking is still all the rage and, as with any popular technology, scam artists and other unscrupulous individuals will find a way to take advantage of trusting users. Websites such as MySpace, Facebook and LinkedIn are particularly susceptible to scams involving social engineering because of the implicit level of trust among the site’s users. For example, you may think that John, a friend from college who is now on Facebook, is who he says he is, but how can you be sure?