The Internet is a
pervasive force which is working its way into all aspects of our civilization - of this
fact there is no doubt. One could spend
countless hours, days, and months debating and studying the implications and connotations
of this fact and its influence on education, business, etc.
However, 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 people. It 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
This project focuses on 4 major areas of security issues
on the Internet. Personal
Computer Security relates useful information to the average web surfer at home. There are tips on safeguarding ones
security/privacy over a network connection plus some definitions of typical security
problems individuals will come into contact with. The
second focus of this project includes organizations that support
or oppose Internet security measures. Many
organizations offer web sites that provide useful information and services that is
relevant to security and its current issues. Hacking Into Cyberspace is the third topic of this project and
focuses the definition of hacking, its impact on the Internet, and the legal
measures that have taken place regarding those issues. Finally, the fourth topic deals
with a more psychological 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 Internet.
The fourth section also reflects on Ecommerce and the impact that deviations in
Internet securities have made on businesses and consumers.
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 change overnight? Well see. And we will do just that.
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project was produced for PSY 380, Social
Psychology of Cyberspace, Spring 2000, at Miami
University. All graphics in these pages are used with permission or under fair
use guidelines, are in the public domain, or were created by the authors. Last
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Comments and Questions to R. Sherman.