This week, the looming deadline for DNSChanger passed without major incident. Pretty much, the impending online disaster foretold in countless news outlets fizzled into a non-event. Perhaps the frenzy of attention served a purpose, and those in danger were able to avoid complications. Alternatively, perhaps the scope of the malware infestation was not as widespread as feared. One good thing about all the media attention that surrounded DNSChanger is the growing awareness regarding malware and other risks associated with internet use.
Hopefully, as a result of this DNSChanger situation, the public is becoming more knowledgeable regarding internet security. It would be great if individuals and organizations took a greater interest in protecting their information and interactions while accessing the web to stay protected online. Malware and phishing tactics aimed at sabotaging the security of computer networks is an ongoing threat despite the failure of one highly publicized issue. For this reason, the greater consequence resulting from DNSChanger may involve people making improved online and computer security a priority.
For practical suggestions to prevent future complications, some basic steps can help you
avoid internet risks. These include running security software, enabling firewalls, obtaining and installing latest security updates, securing your network, organizing and backing up data, utilizing passwords, and data encryption. If these concepts seem confusing or foreign, seek assistance from knowledgeable friends and family to become educated and take responsible steps to reduce online security risks.
Many of the practical steps to improved security are settings for your computer. These measures do not require ongoing effort other than timely scans and updates. Other security measures involve individual behavior to avoid phishing scams, hazardous links, and lost data. Take some time to read up on internet security and ask questions of savvy associates to improve your knowledge base and minimize risky actions.