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I own a computer business in TN

Anything is possible with electronics and computers in regards to hacking. Recent hi-profile viruses and hacks include the stuxnet and flame viruses, which reportedly involved tools like this in their toolkits before erasing entire hard drives to attempt to cover their tracks.

Some better steps if you are concerned with security and IT:

1. Install linux. Linux has a FRACTION of the viruses and security holes as it is open source. Only very sophisticated hackers will have the knowledge and expertise required to hack a linux operating system. Ubuntu is the easiest and most user friendly version of linux and is available for free on their website. It comes preinstalled with libreoffice and is a great alternative to microsoft office.

2. Use 128 or 256bit encryption on anything you are concerned with. 256 Bit encryption will likely not be easily breach-able for at least another decade. (This is why the CIA is building a massive data center in utah, to store encrypted information for a later time until it is decryptable)

3. Don't put what you are concerned with on an electronic device.

If you are required to use Windows for certain applications, run it in a virtual environment inside of a linux shell. Run only the applications required and do everything else in linux. Also run this on a seperate storage medium (separate hard drive) to isolate rootkits which embed themselves onto the MBR of the hard drive.

Common sense goes a long way in IT security. Change your password frequently, use a 10-15+ digit password (Length of the password is more important now than having symbols and caps, although both are good). NEVER save passwords for websites as it is easily breached and commonly stored in plain text. Don't bother with a windows login password as they are easily reset and usually easily decryptable. Use seperate passwords for websites than your email, in case one gets breached it contains the breach and still allows you to retrieve your password or change it. Don't click on advertisement's, use mozilla in private browsing mode or chrome in incognito mode. Don't install toolbars. Keep an active antivirus running, Kaspersky and Malwarebytes are great options and can be ran concurrently. Vipre or GFI are more advanced than kaspersky if one is completely paranoid.