For The Net-Savvy Entertainer: Dragonfly Technologies' Top Ten List for Avoiding Cyber Tragedies

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Ten Simple Ways to Protect Against Idea Theft on The Net.

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It's 2007, a year creative types believe will be their year, the year they will sell their great American novel, the year they will be signed for a once-in-a-lifetime screen role... or the year they'll be discovered at a comedy club in New York or LA.

It's not impossible...who doesn't want to believe in the American Dream? These days, when it comes to breaking down traditional barriers, writers, performers and musicians believe the internet and their computers hold the answers to streamlining the road to fame and fortune.

No longer do these talented hopefuls believe they have to do follow the tediously slow path of their predecessors. They believe there really is a new mouse-trap... thanks to new technology.

Dana Friedman, CEO of Dragonfly Technologies--an Entertainment Industry Solution Provider based in New York City advises caution. Just as accountants tell us to shred sensitive documents and attorneys tell us to read everything before we sign, Friedman is sending up a Red Flag to the Industry she serves.

Ten Simple Ways to Protect Against Idea Theft on the Net

1.Get Physical: Lock your office door. Get a secure case (with a lock) for your laptop.

2.Don't Take Candy From Strangers: Be aware of e-mail and web scams that aim to pick your virtual pocket. If an e-mail or website offers you something too good to be true, it probably is.

3.Cover Your Assets. Don't leave your computer exposed in public places, where anyone can see (and steal) your Million Dollar Idea while sipping a latté.

4.Don't Share: Ideally, don't let anyone else use your computer. If someone else has to use your computer set up a username and password for their use. Don't give them yours.

5.Make your passwords complex. Use upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters (where possible).

6.Encrypt. Before you send confidential e-mail or attachments, use encryption software to scramble them so that only the intended recipient can read them.

7.Stay Disease-Free: Keep viruses, spyware, and a variety of other nasties out with a good diet of firewalls, anti-virus software, and anti-spyware solutions.

8.Back up all your work (especially if you're on the road). Make sure you have copies of all your stuff with you, and in another safe location.

9.Get Empowered: Protect your valuable computer with clean electricity and an uninterruptible power supply.

10.Be Fashionably Late To The Party: Don't be an early adopter of new technology.

Today's generation of talented entertainers has grown up in a digital world. They and their lawyers, agents, managers, and accountants are using tech tools to give them an edge over the competition.

Today's hopefuls produce and post audition tapes on YouTube, put up boilerplate pages on MySpace pages, randomly upload new musical compositions to unproven websites, subscribe to expensive industry information sites using the same password for every site they visit; IM and discuss projects using laptops at Starbucks and/or cell phones in other public places.

Friedman says, "STOP! Snoopers and sniffers are everywhere. Your valuable screenplay, composition, book treatment, even your photographs and personal identity are likely to be stolen when you use technology without the proper security measures in place. The new generations of security tools are invaluable in protecting your intellectual property."

Despite how seductive Show Biz can be, it is above all else, a business --a business fraught with unsavory characters. Even if you're not a techie, cost effective methods can and should be factored in before putting yourself at risk. After buying computers and signing up for internet service, invest a reasonable amount in computer safety, follow the ten tips before you become a victim and watch someone else rise to stardom on your ideas.

"It's a jungle out there," says Friedman, CEO of Dragonfly Technologies. "Between the hackers, thieves, virus writers, and spammers who want to hinder your productivity, it could be impossible to work safely in the digital age without a "security-system" in place. Use common-sense. With powerful, but easy-to use tools for computer safety, you'll be assured of, at least some computer stability in a business where theft of intellectual property is very common. If the glitzy ad for the latest whiz bang gadget or software says it'll protect you from all the ills out there, remember that advertising is Show Biz too. Before taking on anything untested, consult the many online resources available for technology reviews, or ask a professional."

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