Friday, May 1, 2009

April 09 - Computer vulnerability and Information Security

Presently, Technology has grown enormously. All of us use desktop computers, laptop in different operating systems like Windows, linux, etc. All of us spend more time on internet. Every day, new virus gets circulated and all the computers in our office and at home are not safe. Without your knowledge, the data can be stolen from your system. Even the firewalls cannot prevent this. There may be some hole in your system, through which, the data can go out.

The online financial transactions also nowadays pose greater risk. Vulnerabilities in the Banking sites have enabled the hackers to spread their worm to the online users. Many users get cheated through fake emails asking for id and passwords.
More we use the Technology, more we will be exposing ourselves to a greater risk. A new terminology like 'Cyber terrorism' has also come into usage. In spite of all the various threats, sadly, there is less awareness amongst the Corporates and the users about the security of their own transactions. While, we cannot stop the growth of the technology and our usage, we need to guard ourselves from the bad effects of technology.

In the interest of the general public, this issue will deal with the fundamentals of computer vulnerabilities and how to protect ourselves from this 'greatest' risk. We want to create an awareness. We are fortunate to have Mr M L Srinivasan, Founder and CEO, ChennaiNet, a well known Security Expert to Guest Edit this issue.

The ezine may be downloaded from the following link (332 k in pdf format)


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