Monthly Archives: October 2013

security of a computer

What is Computer Security and What Does it Involve?

Many people are concerned with the security of their computers as a result of the many threats and security risks that are inclined to affect computers that are connected to the Internet. With all these online threats on the rise, there became the need to put computer security (CS) measures in place.

What is computer security?

As the composition of the terms, computer and security, highlights the security of a computer. It refers to the protection and safety of computer systems and the data and information that is stored within. Continue reading

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Common types of Internet Security Software

There are various types of Internet security software products on the market today. Some claim to offer comprehensive protection against all online threats. On the other hand, there are numerous others which boast only of reducing the dangers posed by specific hazards. Some of aforementioned alternatives are extremely costly, requiring their purchasers to shell out significant sums of money to acquire the type of protection that they purport to offer. On the other hand, there are numerous others which cost users nothing upfront. Continue reading

Internet harassment

What is Spam? Can it be stopped?

What is spam? Spam is spreading or sending different copies of the same message to many people as a way to coerce them into taking a lot of these unsolicited messages with the expectation that they might be interested in a specific product or service. Spam is mostly used as a means of promoting things for commercial purposes. They are often used for get rich schemes, services that might seem legal but are illegal in nature etc. Continue reading

Ensuring privacy online

Combating Threats to Online Privacy in the 21st Century

It is very difficult to guarantee one’s privacy on the Internet, due to the fact that the World Wide Web is a space which is very difficult to regulate. There are no universal laws which are in existence to protect the online privacy of individuals. There are also numerous threats that are out there which make it extremely hard for “netizens” to keep their sensitive personal information and browsing histories from falling into the wrong hands. The following are some the measures that can be employed by individuals to ensure that these precious nuggets of information are kept private: Continue reading

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A Parent’s Guide to Internet Safety for Kids

Kids are probably the most vulnerable users of the Internet. They are frequently preyed upon by many people because they are not mature enough to protect themselves as effectively as the average adult is able to. Protecting them from being abused or violated demands that their parents, guardians, or siblings are extremely vigilant in monitoring the activities in which they engage when online. It also requires that the adults directly responsible for their care and protection, educate them on what is appropriate and inappropriate behavior on the World Wide Web. Due to the fact that children hold the key to the future, Internet safety for kids is extremely important. Continue reading

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5 Internet Safety Tips that Everyone should Follow

The Internet plays a very big role in the lives of billions of people in the United States and many other countries around the globe. With each passing year, it appears that more people are spending more of their time online as they enjoy all of the exciting opportunities and activities that the World Wide Web puts at their fingertips. While the benefits of Internet access are undeniable, there are a few negative aspects associated with life in this virtual domain that cannot be overlooked. The threats posed to the personal security and financial resources of Web users are among the factors which prompt the formulation and adherence to various lists of Internet safety tips. Continue reading

Security on the Web

Combating Modern Threats to Website Security

Websites are the locations that people visit when they venture on to the Internet. They are virtual spaces where masses of people can congregate to communicate, shop, or engage in a host of other activities. Increasingly, many websites are coming under attack from a wide variety of threats which are floating around on the World Wide Web. These dangers include malicious programs that can damage or destroy the information which is stored on the various servers that support them. They also include the hazards posed to the integrity of data and network infrastructure by hackers. The aforementioned threats and a wide range of other potential dangers have pushed the issue of website security to the fore. Continue reading

God is the Internet

Internet is God

God returns in the form of Google

Some religions have taken to the internet, others block it and deem it evil and will punish their ‘flock’ if they are caught using it. Regardless, the internet now boasts a “user base of 34%” of the total global population.

Has Facebook become the devil or an angel in disguise, you tell me… Perhaps Facebook is the new Judas, who betrayed Google.  Are we all not the children of God?

Unless the stats we researched are completely off, and we mean way, way off – this leaves the internet population at a staggering 2,405,518,376 users!  Reference to stats:

No matter what religion you believe in – if you are a believer, you have to concede that your God is all knowing.  Now, the Internet has become all knowing!   Is Google the new God?  Perhaps the reincarnation of Allah has arrived as being Microsoft?  Seems possible to me, shouldn’t it be looked at?

Like religion, most entities of power exist only to govern people and create revenue.  Well, there is an original thought –  Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Apple all of the greatest of power!  Does the internet not govern people?  Through fact, fiction and desire to be, have and do – the Internet provides us with all the answers, interaction and solutions we want, right?  Google may be God?

Now don’t get your undies in a wad, your religion is not under attack here – its just evolved to the Internet.  What does your God think about all this?  Whom ever he /she or “it” is – it shouldn’t take much intelligence to realize that the internet is power, wisdom and controls the thoughts, actions and voices of the largest ‘collective’ population of human beings!

What is so shocking to me is that despite the basic evolution of intelligence through science and true reflection on history and knowing that most of the religious teaching are carefully crafted and selected story’s and were created to govern man, we still cling to this Internet as many do a religion!  We ignore that the governments across the globe are fighting to invade privacy while practicing our Internet religion and that the media is blasting its bias (paid for) messages through your monitors and screens!

Even through our most basic levels of evolution, we didn’t learn that religion causes more wars than any other cause, we don’t care that our governments are spying on us – we are lazy, numb and incompetent of our own ability to govern ourselves.  So, we must bow down to the ones we serve – the Internet, our Governments and the Media!

We have no choice now, we are still a global society searching for all the things that the Internet offers and therefore Governments, Religions and of course our Media all want to control the Internet!  Just think about it for a minute!

Take a look at a few of the news articles on privacy this week:

illegal surveillance

Electronic Surveillance Act to Protect your Privacy

Electronic surveillance involves the use of an electronic device to monitor an individual’s activities.  Unwarranted surveillance can be said to violate the person’s fourth amendment rights. It may include the use of a ‘bug’ which is a small microphone typically attached to the victim’s phone or telephone line. This is considered wire-tapping.  It may also take the form of video surveillance or monitoring online activities. Any legal entity that seeks surveillance must apply and receive a warrant before they can begin.  There is no legislation referred to specifically as electronic surveillance act, however, there are laws pertaining to surveillance in many forms including electronic. Continue reading

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Cyberstalking statistics- What you need to know about stalking

Cyberstalking statistics indicate that cyber bullying and cyberstalking is becoming increasingly popular.  The use of the Internet and electronic devices makes it easier to carry out this crime without much physical effort form the perpetrator. As opposed to stalking, that involved following an individual among other monitoring activities, the cyber stalker now follows the individual by showing up on different social media sites that the victim is a part of, sending multiple emails and instant messages and seeking to gain personal information. The culprit may even post embarrassing pictures and videos obtained by legal or illegal means, post false information or accusations all in an effort to damage the person’s reputation. As a result of the nature of the Internet, this information is disseminated quickly. Continue reading