Why Is Security Not As Important As It Should Be?

The most important thing today when it comes to computers is security. If you are a person that makes money with a computer then you need to make sure that everything is secure. If you do not then you will find out that you will not be able to make much money at all any more  The world of cyber crime has only gotten bigger over the past few years and it is not going to stop now. Right now it is really the big corporations and governments that are being targeted for direct attacks. But how long do you think that is going to last? With more cyber attackers out there pretty soon everyone is going to be at risk for a direct attack.

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But individual people and corporations do not put security at the forefront like they need to. They think of it as a secondary problem and something that can be put on hold and then picked up when they are ready. But if you have anything of value in your company or in your home computer then you cannot really think like that. The bad guys are waiting for a hole to be able to get into a system with something of value and if you leave that hole open then they are going to come after you. If you are not trying to defend your system then who is going to do it? You cannot rely on just the defaults defence system of the computer and then think that you are going to be protected from all attacks. The reason why those settings are the default is because they are on every computer which means the bad guys are able to find workarounds to them. So you really should not be surprised when they are able to get around them. They are able to do that because they have the same equipment and have all of the time in the world to be able to study the problem.

While it is understandable why regular people do not take security as seriously as they should, what is not understandable is why businesses do not. They see the web and the use of computers as a money maker and they think that security is a cost that cuts into the bottom line. In reality it is a cost that is able to save the bottom line. If you do not have an up to date security system and your business has anything of value on those systems then you will find out how much not having good security will cost you.

A lot of businesses and people in general underestimate what black hat hackers are looking for when they attack a system. They think that they are just looking for bank information or maybe stock accounts and that is it. That could not be further from the truth. The modern day black hat hacker is not some kid sitting at home breaking into computers. No, the modern day black hat hacker is someone who is sophisticated and is able to understand the ways of the world and know what is considered valuable and what is considered not. Anything that is on your computer that can help you make money is a potential target. It does not matter whether it is your bank account or the floor plans to a new business that is opening up; anything that has the potential to make money is a target if it is on a computer.

People and businesses out there have to start taking security more serious. While the attitudes are better than they were before they are still not good enough.

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About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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