Tech – for Everyone

Tech Tips and Tricks & Advice – written in plain English.

The Internet Today…

In this digital age, we are all connected, and each of us plays an important role in securing cyberspace”

In keeping with the spirit of National Cybersecrity Month, and what you can do to be safer when surfing the ‘net, there is much I could tell you about.

Tech Security news is plentiful, and.. none of it happy. (Well.. there have been some recent cybercriminal arrests, and expatriation’s-for-trial, that show some progress..) And I don’t want you, Dear Reader, to start thinking of me as a “downer”, and think, “all that guy talks about is hackers!

But it is National Cybersecrity Month, and the theme is STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Protect yourself and help keep the web a safer place for everyone.

So I will do my part and tell you –> Use Paranoid Common Sense.

‘Cuz the Internet is not Disneyland.

But you have heard me say that before, haven’t you? (For 3+ years now..)

What does he mean?
Well, the Internet has been publicly accessible by us “average citizens”, and we have been using it, since the early 90’s (before then it was used by universities, scientists, and some parts of the government [think, “defense”]). In short.. it is not a new thing, in your home for the first time.

– 20 years later, people still seem to need be told that, no, they did not just win $2.5 Million USD in the Online Sweepstakes.. and that bad things can/will happen if they even open the email.

– 20 years later, people still seem to need be told that, no, they do not need to download a “codec” to watch that sex video, and that bad things can/will happen if they click the link.

– 20 years later, people still seem to need be told that, yes, what you post online can be seen by just about anybody, stays there for ever, and that their boss/co-workers might see it, and YES, genius, that photo of you dancing on the table with a lampshade on your head might have negative repercussions.
The blog you wrote, describing what a pin-headed *loser* your supervisor is, certainly will.

– The “virus” has been around for 25+ years.

Yet, people still seem to need to told that they need to install an anti-“virus”, run it regularly, and keep it up-to-date.

I could go on and on. Why is this? Why is National Cybersecrity Month all about us “average citizens” taking responsibility?
When does, “I’m sorry, I didn’t know..” not cut it any more?

I welcome your thoughts on this. Click “Comment” (below)

Is your firewall on?

Related: Zeus hackers could steal corporate secrets too
(I found this interesting because of the description of the criminal behavior.. not because businesses can be victims of Zeus too..)

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October 20, 2010 Posted by | advice, computers, Internet, security | 6 Comments