If you work out of a home office, trading security is going to be a more important issue for you than it is for most computer users. You may be using your computer to access websites that have confidential information on them, you may be using online trading systems as a day trader or you may be sending e-mails that need to be kept private. Trading security is paramount to being able to do all of these things with peace of mind.
The very basic trading security measures that you want to follow for a home office are simple and don’t require a great deal of technical knowledge.
Even if you’re not interested in hooking up through a wireless network, most of the routers you’ll see on the market today have wireless capability built into them. In fact, the modem that came from your Internet provider probably has wireless capabilities built into it, as well. Your home office network should be kept separate from your regular Internet connection or, at least, it should be secured from outside intrusion via the wireless access point.
If possible, turn off your wireless access completely. This ensures that only people who actually plug into your network physically can gain access to it.
Whenever you’re using software that handles sensitive information, be sure it’s manufactured with security in mind. For example, if you’re using online trading software, be sure that the manufacturer you get it from takes security seriously. You’ll find that the best online trading systems out there are designed to be secure, but you can do more to make than even better where security is concerned.
Aside from antivirus software, anti-
malware software and the other basics, you may want to consider what is called a VPN. A VPN is a secure form of network that encrypts all of the data that you send and receive over the Internet. If you’re truly worried about hackers and other people compromising financial information or day trading accounts, the VPN is one of the best security measures you can take.
Financial information and personally identifying information will generally be the information that hackers want to get from you. Whether you’re using day trading software, accounting software or accessing your bank over the Internet, take some extra time to make sure that your business on the Internet is not easy to spy upon. Taking a few hours to check your network out can be well worth it for any trader who works from home.
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