Tech – for Everyone

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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


  1. Hi Paul,

    I think it’s mostly complacency that’s the problem, like with everything else that we have in our lives; cars, washing machines, our bodies etc. No one pays any of them any attention until they go wrong.

    The unfortunate thing is, a lot of people are letting their children use this internet with the same sense of complacency, which is so dangerous. They wouldn’t give them the keys to the car or indeed the contents of their wallets but they’ll let them surf the web with abandon.

    So not only are people putting their finances and personal privacy at risk, they’re also putting the most precious of all things in danger; their kids.


    Comment by Paul Andrew Russell | October 20, 2010 | Reply

    • Paul Andrew Russell,
      Excellent points, Paul. I thank you for participating.

      I would like to think that someone, out there in “cyber space”, may just now have had a light bulb go on over their head…

      (Parents may want to read, Norton’s Free Safety Tool For Parents | Think you know what your kids are doing online?)


      Comment by techpaul | October 20, 2010 | Reply

  2. Paul:
    Especially because it’s National Cyber Security Month Awareness; your posting on this subject is very “timely’ and I think it’s part of your job as a Tech to make us aware of the dangers and the state of the internet; and you “do your job well keeping us informed”

    In my opinion we Internet Users who do NOT pay attention to the risks/dangers /hackers that’s in Cyber Space, is partly due to the fast pace of life/stresses we are forced to live in “today’s world”. Not enough time to read, think or pay attention, we just quickly move on to the next thing to be done.

    …and yes I think the complacency mentioned by your reader is relevant…as well as the reasons for our complacency is Multi-Factorial.

    …I will be forwarding this article to some people, who I know do NOT keep up- to- date with their Internet Security.



    Comment by Anonymous | October 20, 2010 | Reply

    • g.,
      Again, excellent points. I thank you for participating.

      [A brief aside: Perhaps unintentionally, I think you underscored for me a concept that needs to be openly stated (IMHO), and that is that those of us who do make an effort to learn and be informed about computer/Internet safety issues need to “pass on” what we’ve learned to our friends and loved one’s who aren’t so savvy.]

      (That’s why I provide “share this” links…)


      Comment by techpaul | October 20, 2010 | Reply

  3. have you ever tried avast antivirus before?


    Comment by Anonymous | October 23, 2010 | Reply

    • Sir or Ms,
      Avast! 5.o is currently my pick of the free antivirus products. (Norton is my [current] pick of the for-pay.) But there are several other contenders for folks to choose from. To see my list of recommended free AV’s, click here.


      Comment by techpaul | October 23, 2010 | Reply

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