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Online Enemies

As a bank IT Manager, I get the question “Why do people write viruses, spyware, or other forms of hacking on the Internet.”  The answer isn’t always clear because everyone uses the Internet in different ways, but the most common reasons that I can easily explain are:

  1. for Money
  2. for Prestige
  3. for Fun
  4. to Cause Damage

Realistically, many forms of crime fit into those same reasons; Trend Micro recently posted this nice graphic depicting the types of attacks that come from online “enemies” both near and far:

By: Jason Wieland, IT Manager

New Computer – first things first

The Internet is not a scary place if we use some common sense to protect ourselves. Most malicious activities entice you to take an action and the fraudsters only get better as we learn their tactics. If you are able to do these 4 things you will be better off than most: 

1. Learn your security software. While there is nothing that will completely protect you from all the bad stuff on the Internet, good security software will take you a long ways. Security software with a paid subscription is best, but you need to make sure that it stays up to date and that you continue paying for updates from year to year. 

2. Learn how to check for updates. Both Windows and Mac have update utilities that you should understand how to use. The updates do typically install automatically, but some updates still require your interaction to complete. “Windows Update” can be found in the start menu and “Apple Update” is in the Apple menu. 

3. Be careful what you click. Did you know some countries can measure fraud income as a percentage of their gross domestic income?  The combination of weak punishment of fraud perpetrated over the Internet and the weakened economy has created an outbreak of Internet fraud.  Read unexpected messages received through email or Facebook with an air of distrust.  Most fraud is perpetrated by enticing you into clicking upon something then willingly giving out your personal information.  If you receive an email promising something that is too good to be true (like money or a free gift) then it probably is too good to be true.  There are good resources on the Internet – like or simply searching Google – to help you discover false information. 

4. Have a resource you can call upon for help.  Your bank is a good starting point because they are already good at protecting your information and ultimately your money.  It is also good to have someone who can help you learn and troubleshoot your computer.

By: Jason Wieland, IT Manager

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