Making a Case for Computer Internet Security

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So what is the big deal about having computer Internet security? Most people simply fail to comprehend how much of their life revolves around computers and in recent years, the Internet. Chances are that if you own a computer, which more and more people do, then you also spend some time visiting the Internet, either for recreation, shopping, education or for communication purposes. We should not be surprised to learn that along with the many benefits to be derived, there also is the sinister side of computer and Internet use. This is represented by the criminal elements, who see the Internet as a huge opportunity to make personal gain through illegal activities designed to steal and cheat innocent users. Some of these more common methods include:

1. Computer Hacking or breaking into your computer content illegally. These people known as “hackers” spend most of their working hours trying to find ways of defeating your computer internet security to be able to access the contents of your computer, without you knowing about it. Using a wide range of sneaky techniques they can find unsecured areas in software programs, add malicious codes to computer programs, send out infected e-mails and more. With the end goal of being able to gain access to private and personal information stored on your computer. Most valued is bank account information, credit card numbers and private passwords that the hacker can then use to steal your money and more.

2. Scams and fraud schemes online are becoming more and more common. In recent years a scam called “phishing” has become very popular. This consists of cyber-criminals pretending to be employees from genuine financial institutions, such as major banks and credit card companies, who send out very authentic looking e-mails asking for individuals to confirm their passwords and bank account information. Most people are by their very nature quite trusting of established institutions such as banks, and are very willing to comply with such e-mailed requests. Even the online gaming community has been hit hard by this kind of scam or fraud. This helps to explain the sharp rise in phishing schemes in the past several years.

3. Identity theft is also on the rise. Once the hacker has access to all of your confidential information it is very easy for someone else to assume your identity, especially in online transactions, where there is no face …

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Do I Really Need PC Internet Security?

Do I Really Need PC Internet Security?

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It is difficult to get away from computers as they are all around us and play a huge role in most people’s lives, unless you are living in an underdeveloped country in the third world. Just because you may not actually own a computer does not mean your life is not being affected by computer technology.

This is where the term “cyber-security” or PC internet security comes into play. There is an increasing need for you to protect private and personal information from a new criminal element that thrives on using technology to commit crimes against both individuals and corporations. Rather than physically breaking into your home or bank account, they are using computers and technology, especially the Internet to reach out and attack you.

Not all threats coming from the Internet are created equal, nor do they affect or attack you or indirectly, your computer, in the same way. Sporting names such as “malware”, “spyware” “virus” and “worms”, these cyber terrorists often consist of no more than strings of binary code that have the potential to erase the contents of your entire computer hard drive or send private and personal information such as bank account and credit card information and security passwords directly to their creator, without your knowledge. One day you wake up to find that you entire bank account has been cleaned out!

So how to these PC Internet security threats gain access to your computer?  There are a numerous ways, but some of the most common are when you access a specific website or even opening up an infected e-mail.  These malicious codes are hidden away in unsecured areas of some programs and computer applications and once opened or downloaded, begin to take over and infect your computer system, in some case even replicating themselves and then automatically attaching to your outgoing e-mails as a way to reach and infect other people’s computer systems. Even more deadly destructive are codes known as viruses and worms that can infect and do more serious damage than simply stealing information.

Often using common sense will help to reduce some of these threats. For example never open an e-mail from someone you do not know, especially ones that have a catchy subject title and then ask you to click on an image or words in the message that will give you some kind of reward.  This simple click …

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