Welcome to pcNetworking, the user's source for self-help network security
Understanding computer networking and security is often a daunting task for home
and small business users. pcNetworking is a site dedicated to users to allow you to understand and maintain your
small network environment. Built and maintained by IT professionals with over 28 years in computing, networking,
and network security fields, pcNetworking is your guide to self-sufficiency.
The security dangers on the Internet are vast and growing. From
relatively harmless "looky-lou's" to deliberate attacks and infiltrations, the Internet is quickly
becoming the most dangerous place for your personal computer. But it doesn't have to be that
You also cannot directly blame your
service provider for your security risks either. That would be the same as asking your local car dealership to
cover your auto insurance. Security of your data is a personal or
professional issue, and no Internet Service Provider (ISP) has the time or resources to monitor every
connection within their vast networks. Even those with a firewall to their direct backbone connections
can't protect you from unscrupulous elements within your ISP's network. This includes other ISP customers and disgruntled employees.
More startling is the appearance of more and more hacking software
and tutorials on Internet hacking sites. Even a relatively novice user of this software is capable of
mounting a devastating attack on unprotected Internet connected computers and devices.
Are we telling you this to alarm you, well, yes and no. Yes, you
should be alarmed at the dangers of connecting your computer to the Internet. Awareness is half the battle.
But no, we aren't trying to panic anyone. With properly implemented, multi-tiered security measures you can implement
yourself, you can protect your private and small business systems from
attackers, and still enjoy the benefits of the vast information and services available on the Internet today
and in the future.
What's unfortunate is that your average person on the Internet is
only interested in the communications needs they have. But a small minority, the same ones that have us
locking the doors to our homes, offices, and automobiles, are looking for something more that isn't theirs.
It may be a thrill ride, general adolescent behaviorisms, or deliberate criminal
Yet most users are unaware of just
how vulnerable their Internet connected systems are. If your running one of today's desktop or server operating
systems with a generic installation of the operating system itself, you would be amazed at how open your system is
to outside intrusion, and it's not really that difficult to penetrate with basic computer skills. Not to mention
the potential for threats from the truly technically talented attacker armed with an array of penetration software
utilities. These trespassers can access your personal finance and other sensitive data that could allow for even
more heartaches such as identity theft, legal woes, and other such
So what's a person supposed to do
to secure their system(s)? An excellent question, and one that is generally answered in a series of
Have a knowledgeable outside source secure your
Get knowledgeable and do it
At pcNetworking we're all about teaching you how
you can defend yourself.
2. Stay informed and alert, and be proactive. pcNetworking
provides a free newsletter to our customers that will warn you of new threats as they arise. From viruses and
Trojan horses, to newly discovered security vulnerabilities and threats.
While your here, take an
opportunity to examine our offerings and online information regarding keeping your systems secure. A vast array
of knowledge is provided to assist you in your efforts to become secure. We also feature information on more
secure methods of online communication to protect your privacy and security.