You probably thought — as I did — that Microsoft’s ill-fated version of
Java would never rear its ugly head again after MS settled with Sun Microsystems
over one year ago.
The headline above probably sounds like a broken record. I know I’ve said it
many times and written it probably even more.
announced plans for a new Internet Explorer version 7 back in
With the first beta due out
you might be thinking that IE will finally be secure enough for you to start
using it again.
Instant messaging programs are a popular way of communicating with your
friends and family over the Internet. These same programs have also become a
fast and easy way for hackers to spread viruses, worms, and Trojans that can
infect your computer.
Some hackers don’t break into computers for mere fun and recognition any more, they’re motivated profit. Somewhere along the line, the war for control of your
computer shifted from fame to fortune.
The Web is a highly graphical place. Web sites will do whatever they can
to catch your eye, and some will try to use that against you to do your computer
harm. In some cases, operating system features can be used against you
as well. The thing to remember is that just because something is slick and
flashy, doesn’t mean it’s secure.
In some of the various
communities I take part in, you’ll see a pattern among staunch Microsoft
supporters. They continue to categorize Mozilla’s Firefox browser as nothing more
than a "hobbyist toy" and adamantly
declare that it is just a "matter of time" before hackers start targeting
Firefox users as much as users of Internet Explorer.
beach movie that recently aired on CBS-TV, the Internet is infested with hacker "sharks"
that are constantly swimming around fishing for computer "food." Unlike
the real thing, these sharks swim with their fin deep underwater and it’s
hard to see them coming.
There are hordes of unscrupulous phishers out there, wading the surf of the
Web. They’d love to catch you in their phishing net and steal your personal
and banking information.
The Internet isn’t the glamorous "Oz" that it used to be in the beginning.
There are plenty of "wicked witches" and "wizard" hackers out there ready to
do whatever they can get away with on your computer — if you don’t know what they have in store for you.