The Logical Fallacies against Computer Security
Internet is no utopia. It has goods as well as evils. And while most people continue to enjoy what comes up easy in the form of great content, easy connectivity and fast speeds, only a few bother to cover up for underlying evils of the World Wide Web, or computer & network security risks. A vast majority of people, websites and organizations prefer simplicity over security. This post describes some of the logical fallacies and excuses people make to justify their laidback approach. We will also shed light on reasons you need to change that attitude.
Fallacy No.1: I am a ‘nobody’, why would someone steal from me?
That’s the one of the number 1 excuse from logical fallacies people cite in favor of doing nothing about computer security. Small businesses and John Doe might not have online payment systems or e-stores, but they do have a really large collection of customer data which may include things like credit card/SSN numbers, financial information or just their email addresses.
Like in real world, internet is fraught with amateur hackers who would be happy to steal a $50 point something from your Google Wallet if they could do it easily by targeting a completely insecure computer on the internet.
Here are some examples showing situations where hack victims were not the richest booties for the predators
In UK, a hacking group called CryptoLocker gang stole $300 from 100,000 computer users by a spreading a series of ransonware.
In 2011, FBI’s Operation Trident Tribunal busted criminals who netted $72,000,000 in nearly one million transactions. Each transaction averaged $75 and targeted purchasers of a fake anti-virus program.
An unlimited amount of money is produced as criminals distribute some 5 million spams per week, including forced downloads, ad-bomb software, malicious programs and unsolicited marketing emails.
Fallacy No.2: My devices/hardware lose compatibility when I upgrade
And it could be the printer, LAN router or any other hardware. Most users find it convenient to stick in the mud just avoid the inconvenience caused by compatibility issues associated with software or hardware upgrades.
A very common case is that of Windows XP, the legacy software that effectively possesses loyalty of millions of people until today. Microsoft officially call it a day for security updates, which means that no amount of anti-virus would prevent a pro to hack into whatever stuff you have got in your time-tested PC.
In application software, the retirement of Skype for Androids below 2.3 may be gruesome for classic users, but then it is all for better user experience plus security that it leads to logical fallacies.
Fallacy No. 3: I have built-in security solution(s)
Just put a robbery scene into picture to explain this. You got a Mac? Cool. You have got built-in security software that runs with zero supervision? – Foolish.
Thinking that computer and online security has an all-in-one solution is like thinking that bank vaults can’t be broken only because of their concrete structures.
Security needs continuous checks and different tools. An anti-virus can keep away infected files from entering you computer. But what about data that travels from your PC through the insecure wires of the World Wide Web. Eavesdroppers on the online traffic road fairly outnumber ‘daily wage’ criminals who hunt specialize on targeting victims from unconventional routes. VPN services come in really handy when it comes to fighting those man-in-the-middle attacks.
Fallacy No.4: Security sucks speeds!
True. Antivirus, encryption, proxy services, long passwords and even user accounts bear a burden on the CPU performance. But then there are performance enhancement tools like C-Cleaner that can compensate for losses caused by security tools.
By combining lightweight software like this with encryption tools like BitLocker and FileVault, you can get the best of both security and privacy worlds. In other words, computer security feels like a burden only if you are not able to control it.
Fallacy No.5: I browse the internet safely
There are no safe places on the internet. Even the topmost secure sites like Facebook and Yahoo! hosts third party ads which can infect your computer systems and mobile devices. Not even a tech giant like Google is safe, as its cloud services often become hosts of malware distribution. So when it comes to online security, it is more than just an HTTPS tag on the URL bar of your web browser.
Computer security slackers are always on cybercrime hit lists. A little bit of vigilance, investment and care on your part can save you from immense financial and information losses.
Like in real world, security on the World Wide Web requires a host of specialized tools like VPNs, anti-virus software, anti-malware, privacy enhancement add-ons, strong passwords and data encryption. While these may seem to bother you on the beginning, the benefits from risk reductions usually outweigh the hassle. Hope you guys enjoy logical fallacies.
This article was written by Faisal Arshad and published on Bestvpnservice.com.
Faisal is a professional blogger at BestVPNService. A close observer of the digital world, Faisal critically monitors and reviews service providers of IT industry, particularly VPNs.
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