Personal Security and the Internet Term Paper

Download this Term Paper in word format (.doc)

Note: Sample below may appear distorted but all corresponding word document files contain proper formatting

Excerpt from Term Paper:



The responsibility to seek out and use the most appropriate form of protection for a particular system lies with its user. If a user does not regard these duties with the appropriate seriousness, the consequences could be dire indeed. Another very threatening form of computer crime is the phishing scam.

Phishing

Phishing involves email from an apparently legitimate source such as a bank or other place of business that requires the user to respond with personal information. Most commonly, banks are used as a front for these scams. The most common messages of this type is that a user's account has been disabled and will only be reinstated once the apparent company has received the specific requested data. When a user sends this data, the criminal can then use it for his or her own purposes, such as identity theft or credit card fraud.

According to WiredSafety.org (2011), phishing criminals target a very large amount of users with these types of e-mail, including a link to visit where the user must enter his or her personal data. Often, this will include a password. The Web site the user is required to visit is then also often created to appear legitimate, complete with company or bank logos. The information required then often includes credit card numbers, social security numbers, and bank account numbers. Obtaining this information then makes it extremely easy for the "phisher" to enter the victims personal finances to steal whatever he or she wishes.

Another phishing strategy is to use pop-ups that encourage users to enter sensitive information. The greatest threat associated with Phishing is the fact that these types of scams are extremely sophisticated. Users are therefore easily tricked into indeed "updating" their information as required. One very good way to combat this type of theft is an awareness of legitimate policies regarding users' personal and secure information. No legitimate bank or other company would ever ask for sensitive information by e-mail. Many of these institutions also combat spam by warning their clients regularly not to trust any requests for such information.

The WiredSafety.org (2011) site suggests several ways that users can use to identify phishing attempts from legitimate e-mail. Phishing e-mails can be identified by the type of information they request, as well as the message in the subject line. Typically, these e-mails claim that the user's account has come under review or is in danger of being cancelled or suspended. To prevent this, the user is encouraged to update his or her personal and account information. Phishing e-mails could contain spelling typos or oddly placed characters between words. These types of subject lines should be an immediate alarm that phishing is at issue.

The WiredSafety authors suggest that there are several ways to protect one's online data and to combat phishing. The first and most obvious step is not to reply to any e-mail asking for personal data. If there is any uncertainty regarding these types of e-mails, the user should contact the merchant in question to verify that the message is legitimate. This type of verification process is important from the merchant's point-of-view, who will become more aware of these phishing attempts on their customers.

The user should always take responsibility for his or her own safety by installing anti-virus software and firewalls, which also good tools to combat phishing. Other ways of taking such responsibility include staying up-to-date with the latest phishing scams and to always report suspicious e-mails or other phishing attempts.

Here also, the good continually combats the bad. According to WiseGeek (2011), continuous developments are in process to help users not only protect their information from spammers, but also to filter out phishing e-mails from their e-mail inboxes. The newest Internet Explorer, for example, incorporates several improved security features to help users in their need for safe and secure Internet usage.

Again, it is emphasized that the responsibility to check for updates regularly lies with the user. These updates could mean the difference between Internet security and being scammed by unscrupulous criminals who would think nothing of emptying a bank account.

Social Networking

Perhaps one of the most important platforms where user responsibility is of primary importance is social networking sites such as Facebook. All too often, the fervor and excitement of finding new "friends" encourages users to unveil more personal information than is wise in the strictest sense.

Social networking, forums and chat sites have sprung up in their hoards ever since the Internet became widely available. Now, with many different connection options available to suit every pocket, and an increasing amount of devices to access social networking sites, security has become increasingly difficult to monitor.

Web sites such as AllAboutCookies (2011) warn that divulging personal information is not only dangerous in terms of the "friends" who see it and can abuse it for activities such as stalking or other crimes, but also in terms of general Internet security. Search engines, for example, are highly powerful in terms of finding specific information from posts and messages on social networking sites. Users are therefore warned to be careful with their personal or sensitive information when communicating on public forums.

Specifically, the danger can be mitigated by using a newly created email address and an account that does not provide any personal information. This will combat the likelihood of spamming for public site users.

In conclusion, the Internet and social networking sites are a wonderful communication platform where users can interact with each socially, for business purposes, or to find information. Users must therefore take the necessary responsibility and precautions to ensure that this blessing does not become a curse in terms of theft or system breakdown. These precautions protect users and ensure happy, enduring surfing.

References

AllAboutCookies (2011). What other steps can I take to protect my privacy online? Retrieved from: http://www.allaboutcookies.org/faqs/protect.html

Bickell, K.D. (2011). 4 Tips for Malware Protection. Retrieved from: http://www.articlesnatch.com/Article/4-Tips-for-Malware-Protection/1038740

Bukisa (2010, Nov 8). Protecting Your Identity and personal information over the Internet. Retrieved from: http://www.bukisa.com/articles/390310_protecting-your-idemtity-and-personal-information-over-the-internet

McCandlish, S. (2002). EFF's Top 12 Ways to Protect Your Online Privacy. Electronic Frontier Foundation. Retrieved from: http://www.eff.org/wp/effs-top-12-ways-protect-your-online-privacy

WiredSafety.org (2011). Phishing. Retrieved from: http://www.wiredsafety.org/safety/email_safety/phishing/index.html

WiseGeek (2011). How can I protect my personal information online? Retrieved from: http://www.wisegeek.com/how-can-i-protect-my-personal-information-online.htm[continue]

Cite This Term Paper:

"Personal Security And The Internet" (2011, February 09) Retrieved December 11, 2016, from http://www.paperdue.com/essay/personal-security-and-the-internet-4976

"Personal Security And The Internet" 09 February 2011. Web.11 December. 2016. <http://www.paperdue.com/essay/personal-security-and-the-internet-4976>

"Personal Security And The Internet", 09 February 2011, Accessed.11 December. 2016, http://www.paperdue.com/essay/personal-security-and-the-internet-4976

Other Documents Pertaining To This Topic

  • E Commerce Security Measures the Internet Has Positively

    E-Commerce Security Measures The Internet has positively created new life in business commerce, through website development. It has also opened up a new way for criminals to steal secret data of businesses and information regarding clients' banks details and contacts. This has made customers to becoming rapidly more aware of the websites they visit and where they input their personal information to avoid fraud cases (Corr S. Pondent, 2009). However, e-commerce security

  • Security Plan the Maryland Public

    This is sensitive information that should be securely stored. The records contain confidential information that could be used in identity theft. The records should be securely stored either in soft copy or hard copy. Only authorized personnel should have access to these records. Audit trails should be installed to keep track of the personnel who access the records. The authorized personnel should be analyzed and background checks conducted. Strict

  • Internet and Global Finance Strategies

    Internet and Global Finance Strategies Within the present competitive business environment, firms are continuously looking for various strategies to be ahead of their competitors and achieve competitive market advantages. Many firms have identified that internet technology is a powerful tool to enhance competitive market advantages. The traditional organizations have identified that internet is a powerful tool to deliver value to customer and presently, the internet technology has enabled firms to coordinate

  • Security Issues of Online Communities

    This researcher rejects the existence of online communities because computer mediated group discussions cannot possibly meet this definition. Weinreich's view is that anyone with even a basic knowledge of sociology understands that information exchange in no way constitutes a community. For a cyber-place with an associated computer mediated group to be labeled as a virtual settlement it is necessary for it to meet a minimum set of conditions. These are:

  • Security Information Is the Power The Importance

    Security Information is the Power. The importance of collecting, storing, processing and communicating the relevant information presently is viewed as crucial in order to achieve success in almost all the fields be it business firms, individuals or organizations. An integrated set of components assisting collection, store, process and communication of information is termed as information system. Increasing dependence on information systems is noticed in order to excel in the respective fields

  • Internet Vulnerability in Today s Fast

    Some programs are even able to track keystrokes and take snapshots of computer screens, allowing criminals even more information, such as credit card numbers and usernames (Bahl, 219). While the obtaining of information through fraud is a problem related to Internet activity, there are other concerns with privacy that are still considered legal. For example, a company can obtain your personal information from transactions, and legally sell that information to

  • Internet Privacy the Internet Has

    In this sense, internet privacy represents a challenge indeed. Internet privacy is a relatively new term and the definitions are therefore rather scarce or general. For instance, it can be defined as "the ability of individuals to determine for themselves when, how, and to what extent information about them is communicated to others." (Givens, 1999) in this sense, privacy is a matter of personal choice and is therefore subject to


Read Full Term Paper
Copyright 2016 . All Rights Reserved