Taking stock.

computer virus
Treat your password like your toothbrush. Don't let anybody else use it, and get a new one every six months. ~Clifford Stoll

Yesterday, a friend stopped in to share the horror story of a horrendous virus that has attacked her PC.

One click, on a link, opened the door to her families personal info, financial info, credit cards, passwords, medical info, business files and her business website was severely compromised, to boot. Complete violation. This is really scary and blows the doors off of getting your purse stolen!

Sidebar…this woman is one smart cookie and is no stranger to the world of computers.…really knows her stuff!

She calmly shared the lightning fast way she sped off to secure her personal, working and business world. I must have looked like a deer in the headlights.

The one saving grace was knowing where all of her stuff was, offline, so she could start closing accounts, re-opening accounts, changing passwords and…well, basically starting completely over.

Now it was time to lay out the cash…monthly monitoring was needed for her families social security cards and additional security for her online presence, as the firewall and Macafee had absolutely no impact on the breech…need we go on?

Nightmare at best.

So what would you do, if this happened to you?

FYI…Identity theft is big, big business and they especially love your kids social security numbers.

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Being a MAC user, I don’t worry about the virus issue. Must have needed a wake up call to get all of my working life information organized into a offline folder.

Once she’s up and running again, I’ll ask her to share her solutions…it would prove to be knowledge worth taking stock of!

As she was leaving she turned and said, “try buying groceries, on a Saturday, without a debit/credit card, checkbook or cash and the bank closes in 20 minutes.”

Stay safe!

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