The information in these pages has become
somewhat outdated and is best viewed
for historical interest only. However,
security and privacy have continued to be
major issues and many solutions are now
available to users. An excellent up-to-date
discussion of the concepts of Privacy,
Security, and "Virtual Private Network"
services (VPNs) are offered by IVPN
, and by Anonymster.
See PCMagazine's comparison
of a number of VPN paid services and their discussion
of free VPN's, and Andrey Doichev's
analysis of current
top free VPN's
. Encrypted storage of information has
become a major concern as well, particularly
with the proliferation of cloud-based
storage (see discussion by PCMagazine
for an analysis and comparisons).
Finally, well-informed and articulate
presentations of a number of timely security
topics can be found in the Information
Security Blog published by Comparitech.
Internet is a pervasive force which is
working its way into all aspects of our
civilization - of this fact there is no
One could spend countless hours,
days, and months debating and studying the
implications and connotations of this fact
and its influence on education, business,
in studying this medium, it is important to
remain cautious and realize the security
issues surrounding the Internet.
Being overly cautious and
conservative in this exploration is
detrimental and foolish - others, leaving
the paranoid in the dust, will expand the
resources left undiscovered by frightened
is ultimately more careless to assume that
all is legitimate and nothing will harm you. It's
that old principle of "that'll never happen
to me" that can make one vulnerable.
Educated medium should be achieved
between these extremes.
project focuses on 4 major areas of security
issues on the Internet.
Computer Security relates useful
information to the average web surfer at home. There
are tips on safeguarding one’s
security/privacy over a network connection
plus some definitions of typical security
problems individuals will come into contact
second focus of this project includes organizations
that support or oppose Internet security
Many organizations offer web sites
that provide useful information and services
that is relevant to security and it’s current
Cyberspace is the third topic of this
project and focuses the definition of hacking,
it’s impact on the Internet, and the legal
measures that have taken place regarding those
issues. Finally, the fourth topic deals with a
approach to Internet security.
A survey was passed out amongst ~30
students of Miami University and ~30 employees
(men and women) from American Electric power
asking them a series of questions regarding
the frequency of their computer use, and their
comfort for sharing personal information on
The fourth section also reflects on
Ecommerce and the impact that deviations in
Internet securities have made on businesses
the most part, people are becoming aware of
Internet security as online activities
continue to skyrocket.
As the technology becomes more
available and easy to use, people seem to
accept security risks in exchange for the
convenience. In truth, computer insecurity will become exponentially more
important as online industries continue to
grow. In another year, maybe even six months, people might report
completely new answers to the questions posed
in our survey.
Judging by the results and the
research we have compiled, our conclusions
remain in the present. What can be said about a technology that has the ability to
And we will do just that.
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