Privacy and Security

The Weakest Link

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First things first. I want to start this blog with the basic concept of security: the weakest link.

Let’s say you are using the latest stable version of Firefox. You have installed a firewall, an antivirus software, anti-spyware, etc. All the programs to secure your computer, periodically updated. They will protect your system/data from malicious attacks… or so you think.

But please think of your security system as a chain. They work as a system; each program complementing one another. The problem: A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.

No matter how strong your anti-virus program is. No matter how strict your firewall filter is. They are as weak as the weakest link in the system. In most cases, that “weakest link” is YOU.

If you use “12345″ as your password, you could easily be hacked even in the most secure of system.

If you send sensitive data via unencrypted email (in plain text!), your data could be eavesdropped.

If you enter your credit card details on a phishing website, then… really, it’s your own fault. Check the address bar first!

There are so many posibilities, so many ways in which our human characteristics can be exploited. Some of the exploits stem from ignorance. Others from fear. Or greed.

It is really important to understand how the whole system is working. Otherwise, your ignorance could be easily exploited. You will become the weakest link.

I will fill this blog with tips, snippets, etc. on how to protect yourself from those threats. Basically, you have to empower yourself. Once you understand the working of the system, you will never need an anti-virus or anti-spyware.

Written by Aris

February 16th, 2010 at 3:22 am

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