Computer Security Primer-The Internet
by Bruce Gingery,
This primer does not pretend to be a comprehensive work. It is intended to
give the Internet newcomer an idea about what is and is not safe,
while giving some general guidelines which make networked computer use
As we put more and more information on computers, in effect, we display more
and more of our lives on our computers. Things that were sealed in paper
before, now are an electronic postcard, as we discuss in E-Mail
things that we might even have considered too trivial for a personal letter
in the past.
At the same time, we may use the computer as a tool to manage our finances
which we would not normally discuss with others. Some keep a computerized
diary, thinking of the privacy of the keyboard and screen. Others draft
important business communications with a word processor, intended for only
the eyes of the author and those to whom printed copies are distributed.
It is easy to believe, when sitting alone at the computer that we are indeed
alone. Yet, when that computer is connected, even at times, to the internet,
we are no longer alone, but in a crowd. It is that crowd and its implications
that this article addresses.