I greatly appreciate this article. As a data security professional for the last 25 years, I understand the aspects of privacy and risk management from both sides, the tech side and the people side.
If you're on SparkPeople through Firefox (the browser I recommend to people), the Firefox addons NoScript, FlashBlock, and World of Trust (WOT) are excellent tools to protect yourself. Also, I recommend setting Firefox to clear your private data when you close the window, or manually clear your private data when you've finished working on a private site.
If you're using Internet Explorer, make sure your firewall is turned on. Other than that, I can't help you.
Finally, make sure your anti-malware software (antivirus, spam blocker, spyware blocker) is up-to-date and is running frequently.
- 3/8/2009 1:20:30 PM