Online Security Blunders

Consumer Reports has a checklist of seven things people do that compromise your online security. Are you guilty of any of these?
1. Assuming your security software is protecting you
2. Accessing an account through an e-mail link
3. Using a single password for all online accounts
4. Downloading free software
5. Thinking your Mac shields you from all risks
6. Clicking on a pop-up ad that says your PC is insecure
7. Shopping online the same way you do in stores

They have more details on each, and steps you can take to keep your identity secure. Link -via Consumerist

(image credit: David Flaherty)

Stating something like using "free software" causes security issues will panic to the standard user and gives the whole open source movement a bad name. I think more specifically software downloaded for free which shouldn't be free has a higher chance of being compromised with malicious software and programs. Programs with no obvious source of revenue stream (no donations, no free hosting, no referral commission etc) need to be questioned how they are making ends meet.
Abusive comment hidden. (Show it anyway.)
I think a lot of people are paranoid. I hate having to use a different password for everything because everyone has different rules about how long your password has to be and how alphanumeric it must be, as if my account must be protected at all costs. The bank gets a good password from me, that's it.
Abusive comment hidden. (Show it anyway.)
People need to keep in mind that only 10% of fraud (identity theft) happens over the Internet. The largest number of cases are caused by friends and family. The most expensive are caused by employees of yours or the staff where you shop and bank.
Abusive comment hidden. (Show it anyway.)
Playing off what Edward said, isn't it interesting how we get so many media scare reports, yet they rarely play up the likelihood of "trusted" people to commit various misdeeds? Instead we have a culture now where everyone fears strangers and non-friends (eg, neighbors you know but aren't close to) even though they have the least motive and opportunity for harming us. It's always "them" doing bad things, never "us."
Abusive comment hidden. (Show it anyway.)
In the fourth point I think you mean freeware, not free software. Free Software [1] is something else, intended to give back users control over their software and their computer.

Abusive comment hidden. (Show it anyway.)
Login to comment.
Click here to access all of this post's 6 comments

Email This Post to a Friend
"Online Security Blunders"

Separate multiple emails with a comma. Limit 5.


Success! Your email has been sent!

close window

This website uses cookies.

This website uses cookies to improve user experience. By using this website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

I agree
Learn More