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Don't Fall Behind On Computer Security

Updating computers with a comprehensive software package may protect them from identity theft

Computer security is a necessary part of protecting an individual's data from harmful malware and other types of virus programs that criminals may use to obtain sensitive financial or personal information. But security measures consist of more than anti-virus programs and consumers should be aware of other dangers that these types of software may not protect against.

SpyReveal, a team of computer security and surveillance experts, are warning consumers about keylogging programs that may jeopardize an individual's privacy as much, if not more, than viruses and spyware. According to the group, keyloggers are programs that record each keystroke a consumer makes on their computer. Although these programs are commonly used by parents to monitor their teens' computer activity and the websites they visit, tech-savvy criminals can use them to obtain bank account and credit card numbers, tax information, and passwords.

"More and more news stories are being published of hackers who have obtained credit card records by using keyloggers," Mr. Hankinson SpyReveal's co-founder said. "Yet, we still see major players in the security industry continue to fail at this specific type of problem."

A recent study conducted by the SpyReveal experts revealed that of the 10 different anti-spyware and anti-virus programs they used, only 30 percent were able to detect keyloggers on an individual's computer.

"Consumers and businesses should not rely on a single solution for security. Each has a specific purpose. We want consumers to realize that even though their anti-spyware software says 'Nothing Found', that any keylogger could still be present, recording credit card information or business intellectual property," Hankinson commented.

Individuals have a number of resources and programs at their disposal that can help them boost their online security. Additionally, consumers can add an extra layer of protection by limiting the personal information they provide online to social networking sites and peer-to-peer networks. Consumes should also refrain from opening links from unrecognized senders.

By employing online security measures, limiting the amount of personal data present online and signing up for a credit monitoring service, individuals can take control of their privacy and reduce their risk of falling victim to identity theft or fraud.