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.
The "Bait and Switch" routine is an old sales tactic. A store will advertise
something for an outrageously low price or some other kind of unbelievable deal.
That gets you in the door, and then you hear things like, “We’re out of stock right now, but since you’re here, wouldn’t you like to look at this
instead?” It’s an unethical thing to do, but I’m sure that more than one store
out there still uses this practice.
The Internet can be a dangerous place in
this day and age. It reminds me of the Old West, with bandits
and highwaymen ready to rob your stagecoach at any moment. If you were lucky, the Marshall would come along in the
nick of time and save you.
At least that was how it worked in the movies.