There are a lot of discussions going around lately about IT security and how to protect yourself from hackers and scams. Most people think that the strength of your password will protect you from hackers, but in reality, the bulk of your security on a website has nothing to do with you at all, but with the initial firewall protection that the company of the website offers. And if the last year has given us anything to think about, it’s the sheer total of mass scale IT flaws that companies experienced. Take for example the Sony PlayStation disaster and Anonymous disaster last May. Or in September when the E-Leaning site Blackboard was found to have vulnerabilities that potentially exposed thousands of students grades, records, and even papers. Or even when over 60,000 of Telstra’s private records were made public through an Oracle database that could be accessed through Google.
What really seems to be the issue is the size of the opportunity that’s available for hackers to take advantage of nowadays. In the past, only about 1 in every 10 people had a computer or a cellphone, now days typing a random i.p. address for a computer is as effective as typing a 10 digit number and getting a person to answer on the other end. Nearly our entire lives are now online. Online banking and phone records, accessing important school or tax information. Buying or selling anything ranging from used furniature to stocks. So as time goes on and we improve our sercurity technology, we can be sure that we will also see a correlating rise in the threats and risks out there for 2012 and onwards.