; How to become Web Wise

How to become Web Wise

The World Wide WebThe Internet has rapidly become a part of our daily lives. It has erased borders between communities and has changed the whole globe by becoming a single entity. It is a significant tool offering an unconstrained quantity of information and services from around the globe. By using your PC, you can read a newspapers, order books, input and process data, view pictures or listen to radio stations from around the planet; with countless web sites and services added daily. It can be overpowering; and at times, it's difficult to find the precise information you want. Knowledge is what keeps you surfing safely, and protecting your information, and so ignorance of the hazards is no excuse. Some of these threats can take the form of viruses, hackers, spyware, malware, worms, trojans and new to the scene, of internet threats, phishing. If you are not sure what they mean then you must take the time to educate yourselves and how they can affect you.

Computer Viruses
A program or piece of code that is loaded onto your computer without your knowledge and runs against your wishes. Even a simple virus is dangerous because it will quickly use all available memory and bring the system to a halt. An even more dangerous type of virus is one capable of transmitting itself across networks and bypassing security systems.

Hacker / Hacking
Hackers have an ability to bypass or override password protection and other security strategies. Hackers often work at a distance from their target computers by abusing the facilities of the internet for the purpose of gaining unauthorized access to steal and/or corrupt data.

Spyware
Spyware is software that covertly gathers information through the user's Internet connection without his or her knowledge, usually for advertising. Once installed, the spyware monitors user activity on the Internet and transmits information in the background to someone else.

Malware
Short for malicious software, software designed specifically to damage or disrupt a system, such as a virus or a Trojan horse.

Worms
A worm is a program or algorithm that replicates itself over a computer network and performs malicious actions, such as using up the computer's resources and possibly shutting the system down.

Trojans
A Trojan is a benign destructive program that hides as an application. One of the most dangerous types of Trojan horse is a program that claims to rid your computer of viruses but instead introduces viruses onto your PC.

Phishing
The act of sending an e-mail to a user falsely claiming to be an established legitimate enterprise in an attempt to defraud the user into surrendering private information that is used for identity theft. The e-mail directs the user to visit an illegitimate Web site where they are asked to update personal information that the legitimate organization already has. The bogus Web site, however, is set up solely to steal the user’s information.

An unwanted computer virus, and/or PC problem can harm hardware, software and productivity. Learning how to browse the web safely, keeping informed and protected is always the best policy.

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April 4, 2009 / Posted by Manuel James @ 10:40 am

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