Studies show that approximately 90 percent of Americans use the Internet in their homes or their offices. Because the Internet is part of everyday life, it is understandable for individuals to assume that the Internet is a secure place.
This assumption lands hundreds of thousands of individuals in hot water each year. When the Internet was developed more than 30 years ago, the developers never imagined that hackers, schemers, and programmers would try and make it a dangerous place to explore.
Unfortunately, these technologically savvy individuals with questionable morals have made the Internet far from a secure platform. It is important for all web surfers to realize that there is no way for the Internet to be completely secure.
This being said, it is possible to protect yourself. Find out how your system can become insecure and keep yourself informed before you become a victim.
Connecting to a Web Server
You might not know this, but your system can become insecure as soon as you turn on your web browser and access the web server. If savvy individuals are monitoring this network, there is a possibility that they can view all of the information on your system.
It is essentially like giving hackers within the network remote access to all of the files and folders within your system. If you download insecure software programs, your information can be transmitted to individuals and companies.
This confidential information can be used maliciously or for marketing purposes. This is why having a security suite and a firewall is very important.
Larger Operating Systems
Larger operating systems tend to be less secure. If you are surfing within a network with several users, your information may be at-risk. While the size of the operating system does not determine how secure your system is, a good rule of thumb is that the larger systems will need more security than the smaller ones.
Viruses and Their Dangers
In the past, viruses were not very common. With more and more technologically savvy computer users, viruses are a threat that everyone needs to be aware of.
Viruses can access your system, create holes in the security programs, and attach themselves to files that control the operations of your system. If the virus is intelligent enough, it can damage your computer so bad that it cannot function.
Most people using their computers right now have at least one minor virus on their system.
As you can see, there are several threats you should know about when surfing the Internet. Knowing about these threats help you prepare and keep your information private on the information super highway.
Look out for viruses, suspicious downloads, and even Internet fraud schemes.
About the Author: Located in Costa Mesa, California, Jennie is a freelance security consultant helping satellite and cable companies avoid cable and satellite tv theft. Away from work, Jennie enjoys cuddling up on her couch while watching on demand movies with her kitten Whiskers.