The numbers are staggering. Google suspects that Vietnamese Internet users have been attacked, in terms of “tens of thousands.” The focus is on the Vietnamese users today, but it could shift easily to attack other regions. That there are so many Internet users compromised in Vietnam is disturbing because, online, we are all connected.
Google has had recent security issues. Today, there are reports that some journalists have had their email compromised; this is just a reminder that being online can be dangerous. There is no question that security programs are needed, and it is not only for your security — it is a matter of protecting yourself and other users online.
Whenever you are online, there is the threat of hackers and cybercriminals compromising your computer. Imagine that your IP address is like a house along the information highway. Even if you do absolutely nothing while connected to the Internet, there are hackers “testing the doors” to see if it is possible to compromise your computer.
One of the fallacies that we have been hearing is that some students believe that they are not at risk because, with their netbooks, they are only online briefly to check for email. Unfortunately, there is still a risk for just being online for a few minutes. It is a gamble with your computer security if there are not protection programs safeguarding your machine.
There is organized activity out there working hard to compromise your computer. If it isn’t a government activity, it is hackers and cybercriminals involved in organized crime. Your machine holds personal information that can be sold for the purposes of identity theft. Your computer can be compromised to become part of a bot-network that spews spam. Unfortunately, this is just a reality of being online. It is the trade-off for having the convenience of the Internet. Many of us shop and pay bills online, and some criminal wants that personal information.
These Internet crimes are often silent. It may take months, or sometimes even years, before a victim realizes that an identity has been compromised and exploited. We try to remind our readers that they have to make security a priority, and that is with every machine that is used to go online. It is just not enough to protect your main machine and say that information on your secondary machines does not matter. A malware infection on one machine can migrate to your other machine.
We recommend security programs such as Webroot Internet Security Essentials (WISE):
“…With unmatched antivirus, antispyware and firewall security, WISE provides blockbuster protection for your PC. In fact, the technologies in WISE have won a combined 11 PC Magazine Editors’ Choice awards! These technologies provide more complete protection than competing products to proactively block: viruses, spyware, worms, trojans, data theft, rootkits, hackers, intrusions, keyloggers…”
Webroot is allowing up to three computers to be protected and with a ten dollar discount. This works out to be an amount of under seventeen dollars per computer. It is a huge bargain. Please use this link for the discounted price.
Protect yourself with an award winning program. Protect all of the computers that you have (well, at least three of them). We want you to be safe online and just securing one machine is not enough. You do not want to be spreading malware when you synchronize your machines or share files between the machines. Webroot is a recognized leader in Internet security — when you do have this program, use it. You would be surprised by how many people who have security applications neglect to use them. That is just baffling!