Worry about Internet Security and Privacy? Don’t be ridiculous!!

Worry about Internet Security and Privacy?  Don’t be ridiculous!!

by Derek Paul Gendron

I recently read an article in the Wall Street Journal that basically painted the picture of a bleak future with AntiVirus software and Internet security and privacy.  The whole point of the article basically came out and said it:  We can’t stop hackers from getting in – they seized the castle of opportunity, we just have to know how to manage them and what they get their hands on…

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Seriously, they said in so many words.  Okay to be fair, here is the actual content of what was said:

The article, titled  Symantec Develops New Attack on Cyberhacking starts with this sentence:symantec

Symantec Corp. SYMC -0.05% invented commercial antivirus software to protect computers from hackers a quarter-century ago. Now the company says such tactics are doomed to failure.”

Okay, if that wasn’t bad enough it later went on to say:

Antivirus products aim to prevent hackers from getting into a computer. But hackers often get in anyway these days.

Now I am no expert, but this is quickly sounding like we have given up the battle altogether on Internet security and privacy.  I mean if Symantec is saying this, McAfee is probably thinking in the same direction as are most of the other smaller companies out there.  Does that concern anyone?    Hey, they are getting too good so let’s just invite them in and keep our drunk friend from throwing up on our carpet…

Hmm.

And then, they are quoted as saying:  Antivirus “is dead,” says Brian Dye, Symantec’s senior vice president for information security. “We don’t think of antivirus as a moneymaker in any way.”

Okay did he mean that its dead, they can stop it or did he mean, its dead we can’t make any money at it dead?

And then later in the article after discussing the “pickle”, Symantec was in as 40% of their revenue is yielded from antivirus protection market, did they say they would stop taking people’s money for this dead market?

Nope.

Even though in the article they mention that Symantec is only catching around 45% of the attacks, no where was there a mention that they reduced the price of their services and software.  I mean, if they can only provide a 45% efficiency rate, shouldn’t they think about offering a discounted service price?

Okay, I am diverting a bit.

Now I am not trying to beat up Symantec.  This article along with many others and including the Heartbleed revelation, I find myself pondering more on the topics of Internet security and privacy.  In a world where everyone spills their guts in blogs like this and on mediums such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter what can or better yet, what should we expect to receive in the way of a Secure and Private travels of the internet?

I think what its coming down to is that the customer just doesn’t care as much as they used to .  Sure, everyone is concerned about Internet security and privacy, we get it.  But we also like convenience, free apps, free email and lots of free and convenient things online.  I mean could you imagine a world where you had to pay for a game so you could maintain your privacy?  I think not!

We will continue to click everything and anything, things forwarded us and those that entertain us via Stumbleupon, Facebook or just about everywhere else.  We will be traveling the internet highways and studying what the world has to offer and every once in awhile, sit down to think about Internet security and privacy.

I mean, really, really think about those words….if you please.   Internet security and privacy.

Lest we forget….

 

Facebook – Good or bad for a free democracy?

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In my brief experience with Face book, I do have to say this. After being hit with a tomato, having a funny icon of Hillary tossed at me or graphiti written on my wall, I come away from the site knowing that between Facebook and Myspace, Facebook rocks. Myspace is a mess of code, no standard in any sense of the imagination (and it shows in almost every other site visit), its a mess. Facebook on the other hand has a nice, clean, bland standard, something like this site. While it can be cluttered with extras that you can add or delete a will, the overall theme remains clean and unscrambled with code and banners and flash and java.

When I read the other day that Facebook was opening its code up to developers and the creative element, I swallowed hard, my left eye[level-basic] twitched and I readied my battle gear. As a fervent critic against Myspace, I was ready to take arms up about Facebook – the chapter remains to be written.

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My eldest son said, dad, everyone uses Facebook- it’s easier than email.   That appears to be true and it seems like everyone is embracing it. When e-mail came around, traditional letter writing took a hit and now that we have the social networking behemoths like Facebook, will traditional communications take a hit as well? I believe that we will see a change in the e-mail process as well as traditional telephone calls. I predict that everyone will be able to communicate via video using your Facebook account either a computer or handheld device at any time.

This will revolutionize communications and wow that is wonderful, I still have reservations about mapping our minds on social networking sites.  People must step back and ask themselves, why are they given us this great thing for free?

In my personal opinion, there is no greater credit report being built then the mapping of your minds on a social networking site like Facebook. MySpace has already mapped many of people’s seedy sides and Facebook is collecting the rest. And then with the data collection monsters like Google, there is going to be a very unique report on every individual in this world, accessible by anybody with money.

Growing up in church, one of the biggest and most frightening aspects to the churchgoing community, was a prediction that we would be faced with the mark of the beast. It was predicted that it would be a number 666, or something that would have to be attached to the body or the forehead for easy identification. And that was very fearful for many people growing up in the church community. There were sermons upon sermons educating the church community that they may be confronted with the decision to die first or take the mark. And the same people that were educated in such a manner are freely mapping their minds and committing their souls to entities that they don’t even know.

That may sound extreme to many of you, and I think that is funny. People could brand me as a conspiracy theorist or somebody who is overboard with the worry factor. But that is okay, I firmly believe that the mapping of every desire and every thought and every image in every activity that you do in your life will come back to haunt you! You may not see it directly, but it will affect your insurance rates in the future, you’re ability to get and keep a job, and even to get and keep a spouse. The information that you’re putting online now, will be accessed by those to make decisions for you in the future.

One of the comforts of growing up in this country was that we had the freedom to say, “the government can’t read our minds”.

They can now.

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