Robert Siciliano Identity Theft Expert
Anti-virus protection, critical security patches and a secure wireless connection have always been fundamental processes on my networks. My main concern has always been to keep the bad guy out to protect my bank account.
In my presentations Iâ€™ve always stressed to make sure your wireless connection is secured to keep a skeevy sex offender neighbor or whacko parked in front of your business from surfing child porn and downloading it to your PC.
Once a predator uses your internet to go to the bowels of the net, your Internet Protocol address, which is connected to your ISP billing address is now considered one that is owned by a filthy animal. If law enforcement is chatting with that person on your internet and exchanging in lurid child porn, then someone may eventually knock on your door at 3 am with a battering ram.
Another freakish and relatively new twist on hacking is cracking your network using a virus that allows a remote control capability and using your hard drive to store child porn.
An AP investigation found plenty of people victimized in this way. People who had child porn on their PCs planted there by someone somewhere as a virtual server or because they were framed by someone who had a vendetta against them. The porn my be discovered by a friend, family member or a computer technician. Once discovered, a dime is dropped and you are cuffed and stuffed.
This is the kind of â€œbreachâ€ that can cost you thousands in legal fees, your marriage, relationships, your job and your standing in society.
Viruses of this nature can enter your PC via a download from clicking a link in an email or from a pop up in your browser. These viruses can then visit child porn sites and download porn.
In one case a virus changed the default home page on a mans PC, and his 7 year old daughter discovered it. The guy was arrested and eventually lost custody of his daughter. And you think youâ€™ve got problems.
Make sure your anti virus up to date and set to run automatically.
Update your web browser to the latest version. An out of date web browser is often riddled with holes worms can crawl through.
Update your operating systems critical security patches automatically
Lock down your wireless internet connection with the WPA security protocol
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Robert Siciliano Identity Theft Speaker discussing viruses on Fox News