Fighting Fire With Fire Won't Douse The Fire

Written by Stephen Brennan

Inrepparttar last few weeks, I have noticed an increase in tools or methods devised exclusively to fightrepparttar 105893 Spam fight. I applaudrepparttar 105894 originators ideals and their ingenuity, but I must voice my concern aboutrepparttar 105895 way in which such concepts can often backfire, sometimes inrepparttar 105896 nastiest of ways.

I abhor spam. I hate it with a vengeance and would do ALMOST anything to ridrepparttar 105897 Internet of it entirely. The worldwide financial consequences alone run into billions of dollars annually.It is comparable torepparttar 105898 disruption thatrepparttar 105899 propagation of viruses causes and is responsible for creating a completely independent niche market forrepparttar 105900 sale of tools and software programs designed simply to combat it. Although, I would imagine that even those engaged in this area of marketing would also welcome it's demise, however unlikely it might seem atrepparttar 105901 moment.

The latest is a web page that we are all being asked to link to which, as I understand it, will result inrepparttar 105902 email addresses listed on that page, which are 'known' spam originating addresses, being inundated with so much spam, generated by their own 'spiders' (entities which crawlrepparttar 105903 Net looking for email addresses) that their data will be effectively useless due torepparttar 105904 spider being effectively sent on an endless 'loop'. A simple but brilliant little idea - But is it safe?

What if an innocent email address should find it's way onto that web page? What if one is maliciously placed there? Does that email address get caught up inrepparttar 105905 vicious circle of unsolicited email? Maybe not, but even ifrepparttar 105906 method precludes this particular 'backfire', more torepparttar 105907 point, is it right to spamrepparttar 105908 'spammer'? If you rob a thief, doesn't that make YOU a thief too, regardless?

The fact remains also, there hasn't been a means of stopping spammers that has worked yet. Will they be somehow able to turn this idea around and use it againstrepparttar 105909 Internet population?

I can understandrepparttar 105910 anger, frustration andrepparttar 105911 sometimes, sheer desperation that some may feel after having been an especially badly 'bashed' spam victim, but doesn't this type of 'payback' solution smack of 'Internet vigilantism' or 'takingrepparttar 105912 law into one's own hands' (something that is wrong and dangerous, no matter how justified and tempting it may seem to be)?

Detect, Protect, Dis-infect

Written by Robert Rogers

Consumers Online Face Wide Choices in Security Products

With new threats to computer security and data integrity a regular feature ofrepparttar evening news, a panoply of products that promise to detect, protect, and dis-infect are being marketed to consumers. Intrusion detection systems, firewalls and anti-virus software are critical to online security, butrepparttar 105892 Federal Trade Commission,repparttar 105893 nation’s consumer protection agency, says computer users — from grade school kids to grandparents — need to know exactly why they need online security products and what they’re buying.

Whyrepparttar 105894 Need Computers “talk” to each other overrepparttar 105895 Internet by sending data through their communications ports. If a port is open, it “listens” for communications fromrepparttar 105896 Internet. A computer has thousands of ports: which ones are open depends onrepparttar 105897 softwarerepparttar 105898 computer is running. Hackers can “eavesdrop” or scanrepparttar 105899 ports to determine which are open and vulnerable to unauthorized access.

Detection An intrusion detection system (IDS) monitors incoming Internet traffic, much like a security camera “watches” your front door to see who might be trying to come in. Whenrepparttar 105900 IDS detects a suspicious pattern, it sends an alert (and creates a record) that an intruder may be trying to break in to your computer. Some IDS alerts — but not all — show a pop-up message on your screen. An IDS alone cannot prevent an unauthorized entry into your computer; only a firewall can do that.

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