Keep Hackers Out: Part One, Personal Edition

By Matthew Sarrel  |  Posted 2002-11-19 Print this article Print

If you want to keep your personal data safe and private, you've got to protect it.

As we rely more on our computers, the potential for hackers to hurt us through them likewise has grown, threatening to expose or destroy our private data and personal records. Current hacker tools are sophisticated, automated, and more difficult to spot. In addition, broadband connections have made us more vulnerable; always-connected computers, typically with static or rarely changing IP addresses (the addresses computers on the Internet use to find you), give would-be attackers unlimited time to discover and exploit system vulnerabilities. With a few tricks and tools, however, you can secure your home or small-office computer against the average hacker searching for the low-hanging fruit.

Matthew Sarrel Matthew D. Sarrel, CISSP, is a network security,product development, and technical marketingconsultant based in New York City. He is also a gamereviewer and technical writer. To read his opinions on games please browse and for more general information on Matt, please see

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