Know why security threats become bigger and nastier each year? Frankly it is because most of the stuff we are doing to fight those doesn’t work.
Computer security is hot topic. Internet separated people into:
- security savvy;
- those whose computers are zombified to send spam.
If world was fair PCs would just explode on security breach. Unfortunately in world of information evolution doesn’t work.
Every single article on computer security will stress that you need:
Most of articles fail to mention that in general case these are as efficient as door against cat. Yeah, door is large and sturdy. So is cat. Plus claws, determination to break in and multiply methods to make human surrender into opening if brute force fails.
And even nastiest cat is angel comparing to character of modern computer virus.
Problem with install software approach is that it substitutes solving problem with using tool. There is no way to use hammer efficiently without seeing the nail.
There is one article that I consider most useful piece of knowledge I had ever read online. I read it, I re-read it and when I am tweaking with any security setup I get urges to go read it before and after to make sure I hadn’t forgot a single point from it.
It has nothing to do with antivirus and firewall. Actually it doesn’t have much to do with software.
Instead of giving you the tools it shows you the problem. I had three different drafts to briefly cover what article is about and how important it is. In the end I decided to tell you just go and read it.
And when your trust in antimalware, firewalls and patches is ruined you will start to understand that maybe holding nail straight and right side up is more important than cool hammer.
Nick Staroba #