Online banking, shopping, and investing can make conducting monetary transactions incredibly convenient: Log in to your checking account. Transfer funds to savings and transfer another sum to your brokerage account; Log on to the brokerage account and execute a limit buy. When you're out there doing your money business on the internet, have you taken every precaution to ensure your account information and access to your computer is locked down? When you leave your home, do you lock the doors?
DD is writing a series here to help you take the steps necessary to protect your online investments: 5 Easy Steps to Ensure Your Computer Is Your Friend, Not Your Enemy.
Steps 1 & 2 are up and 3-5 are coming soon:
Step 1: Change the Administrator Password
Step 2: Disable the Guest Account
Step 3: Don't Log on as Administrator group
Step 4: Secure your wireless network, if you have one.
Step 5: Encrypt your files.