The growing trend in laptop computers over the last year has been the race to the fill the niche between the hulking, weighty beasts known as “desktop replacements” (those laptops with 17” screens and enough processing power to run even Windows Vista at a reasonable speed) and the Internet-enabled smartphones such as the iPhone, Blackberry, Treo, etc. What has emerged is the Netbook: a line of lean and inexpensive laptops that are small enough to carry in a purse or briefcase yet still fast enough to run Windows XP or the consumer-focused versions of Linux.
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.
So what’s the goal of a website? Think about it. Is it just a place on the Internet to store your bio and listings? Perhaps you go a step further and add a list of links to real estate tools and local community resources. Once someone has seen that information, though, what else is there to bring them back? Now think about what’s different on the websites you visit frequently; what brings you back? I’m willing to put 20% down that it’s a combination of new content and a site that actually engages the visitor. Traditional websites with this ability don’t come cheap, but there’s a practically free alternative for those willing to try something different; a blog.
One way to demonstrate to clients that you are a true real estate professional is to have your own custom email address. In fact, it might make the average person feel uneasy to negotiate the largest purchase of their life by emailing “email@example.com.” Although you may not know where to start to get a custom email address, it’s actually quite easy.