Are you a sitting duck for hackers?
Our global Internet neighborhood continues to grow at an astounding rate. And like almost any other neighborhood, it can be dangerous. In the real world most of us intuitively know the do’s and don’ts of staying reasonably safe: don’t take candy from a stranger, don’t flash loads of cash, etc. We know this from experience and from what our parents have taught us.
Unfortunately, in the brave new world of the Internet, things are not as straightforward. The underlying reason why this is the case is that our perception of what is happening inside our computers is very limited. For example, if somebody was trying to steal your wallet, you would be able to see it and feel it. If, on the other hand, a hacker is stealing credit card information from your computer, you may find out about this months later.
So how do you minimize your chances of being a victim of computer crime? One of the best things to start with, is to realize that some online behaviors are much more risky than others. For example, using file sharing software, such as Morpheus or LimeWire virtually guarantees a spyware infection, unless your computer is equipped with industrial-strength security software that is properly configured and up to date.
There are many other high-risk behaviors that greatly increase the likelihood of you becoming a target of cybercrime. Iâ€™m working on an interactive risk evaluator that promises to be both fun and useful, so stay tuned! (For now, I recommend that you take a look at 10 most dangerous things you can do to compromise your computer’s security ).