Scripting Your Way To Security

In the modern digital age it is great to be a programmer. To be able to have the ability to make the computer do what you say is something that is really useful. You have an ability that not many other people have. In the past when there were few computers this ability was not seen as being such a big deal. Most people did not interact with computers on a daily basis so they saw no need to learn that much about them. Now that computers are everywhere in our society there are a lot of older people who are regretting that decision. If you went to school in the 80’s or the 90’s there was a good chance that you had a computer class in that school. And even though a lot of schools had them most of the students ignored the opportunity.

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But if you did not ignore computers back then and you were able to keep up with the changing technology then you are able to reap the benefits now. You are able to control machines that not many other people even understand how they work. And being able to control the machines like that means that a lot of times you are able to be more efficient in the work that you do. You are able to automate a lot of the processes that you would normally have to do by hand.

If you are in the computer security industry then this is a big plus all together. But even if you are not in the computer security industry, learning how to script can help you go a long way when it comes to keeping your computer safe. We tend to think of scripting as being highly technical. When you are talking about basic script then you are talking about a subject that is mildly technical at best.

You must learn to let go of your fears when you are dealing with computers. Do not be afraid of looking silly because you think that you are asking a stupid question. Everyone who you are talking was a beginner at one point and they had to ask questions to learn as well. So while some places on the internet are quite hostile when it comes to people who try to learn how to script, most places are not and I am sure that you will be warmly welcomed if you just let people know that you are a beginner.

As an end user you must understand where scripting is going to help you at. If you are running a huge network then you already know how scripting is going to help you. But if your the average person then we should walk you through a few steps. First of all, besides just running an antivirus solution, there are several other points in your computer that need to be secured. There are open ports in your system, software that you need open only for a short time and downloads that need to happen to keep your software secured. You can set up scripts that can do all of this fairly easily. And once you start to learn how to script you will see that all of this is easy to do.

When it comes to scripting on your computer, it can seem like a big task. But if you take a simple language like Python or Ruby, or even your command line tool, then you will be able to start the learn the basics of scripting in no time at all. From there you will be able to keep parts of your system safer than they ever were before.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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