8 Apr 2004

What is it?
Netsecure.ie is the official website of the national awareness campaign on computer security.

What does it do?
Launched in conjunction with the new campaign last week by the Minister of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources, Dermot Ahern TD, the site aims to provide some handy tips on how to make your computer a safer place, both in the workplace and at home.

The website will be the focal point of the campaign and will be accompanied by a brochure that will replicate the advice available on the website. All the campaign’s material will be readily available online and users have the option of downloading or printing whichever section interests them.

Home internet users and citizens can get advice on protecting themselves against viruses, keeping passwords secure, safe use of the internet and email, and tips on general good PC housekeeping. SMEs can benefit from topics relevant to them such as information security policies and standards, preparing for computer security incidents, protecting your business against viruses, third-party access and managing employee access.

How does it look?
For a government website, its presentation is surprisingly fresh, with vibrant colours and strong images and an ‘As Gaeilge’ section to add a special official feel. The children’s section is suitably designed to hold a child’s attention, with a trio of colourful busy bees to help kids find the answers to their security questions. As it is only eight days old, the range of news content on the site is a little sparse, but there is enough general information on it to satisfy your security queries and needs.

By Brian Skelly