The tools that we use help define whether we are a professional or not. But most of the time when people see the tools that we use they assume that we are a professional because of these tools. No, that is the wrong assumption for these people to make. While a professional will have professional tools, he is not a professional because of those same tools. He is a professional because he knows his craft inside and out and he knows that those tools will help him do his job better. He could do his craft with the most rudimentary of tools but the ones that he purchased or created will help him do his job better and more efficiently. That is why the right tools are important no matter what line of work you go into. And that includes cyber security.
In the world of cyber security there are a lot of tools out there for you to use. Some of the tools are free and others are tools that you have to pay for but they are out there. And in most cases, the price for the tool does not matter. You can get a free open source tool that is high in quality and also you can get a paid for tool that is considered generic and subpar. It is up to you to test many of the tools that are out there and see which ones that you like.
What kind of tools do I need?
For the most part, if you are not a computer expert but you just know enough that you want to be safe, you should go for a program that is not that complex. Some of the tools that are out there are considered for professionals and if you are a novice then that is not something that you want to take a look at. You want something that is going to be quick and easy to use but also effective. There are a lot of tools that help cater to the beginner. But most of these tools are of the paid for variety. When most of the free tools were created, they were made to “scratch an itch” of a professional in the field. They then decided to give the tool to other professionals in the field for free. Most of the for pay tools creators know that there are beginners in the field who do not want to take the time to learn how to use the complicated versions of the tools. So they take the time and create one with similar functionality but maybe not as many features. This makes it easier for everybody.
When you are looking to protect yourself at your office or at home then you need to make sure that you have the basics. You do not want to make yourself vulnerable by not having a tool that is considered standard. For example the one security tool that most people have heard of is the antivirus program. A proper antivirus will run and keep your computer protected from the bad guys that are out there. A proper antivirus software package is one that will update the virus definitions at least once a day and the software itself at least once every couple of months. The bad guys do all they can to avoid being detected and the software vendors must make sure they keep up. After the antivirus, you need to make sure that both your router and your personal computer has a firewall going around it. This will keep the remote attacks from happening to your system. A proper firewall is very important in this battle.
Keeping your computer healthy with the right tools is very important. There are more tools that will help you be even safer but it all depends on how far you want to go.
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