Do You Really Need Computer Security?

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A note from Frederick D, Q Wealth Computer Security Expert.

You may not be a computer expert. But if freedom, wealth and privacy concern you, it is very important that you take the time out from your busy schedule to learn a little more about the threats to your computer security and the mounting attacks to your online privacy.

Then you can do something about them.

To borrow from Sun Tzu: “Know your Enemy and yourself and you will be victorious in a thousand battles.”

A factor overlooked by most Internet surfers, in their rush to upload their personal information, photos and even details of their movements to social networking sites for posterity, is the threat to our privacy–and therefore our freedom–that is posed by today’s Internet.

Whether you are looking to protect your assets by banking offshore, accessing online bank and brokerage accounts, or whether you are simply seeking to communicate with like-minded individuals in your business or personal life, like it or not, you need computer security!

Identity theft, hacking of financial accounts, and illegal surveillance by governments are major concerns to anyone who is informed regarding electronic security.

Our ‘leaders’, as usual, go about boasting how their ever-increasing control of everything will make you safe… and that you should just trust them and just go back to sleep.

Their solution is generating some very nasty unexpected consequences.

Your personal information, your privacy, is under attack

Computer crime used to be the province of angry, nasty hackers, who stole credit card numbers and sold them on eBay-like platforms. But, those days are mostly gone. The growing attention of banks, police, consumer saviors, and credit card processors drove the hackers to the cyber criminals, and forced them to work together.

Today, the goal for stolen data is quality. The payoff comes in massive credit card frauds, operating illegal businesses, emptying bank accounts, blackmail, and associated organized criminal activities.

Stolen data is seldom traded anymore. Instead it goes to data refineries, where large blocks of data are upgraded by using additional data for crossreferencing.

Then, specific persons or firms are targeted for additional data theft if they look interesting.

The critical factor here is cross-referencing the unique identifiers (for example, a US Social Security Number). In other words, the cyber criminals need verified data. And the best verified data comes from… you guessed it… Governments.

Government data is fantastically valuable to the criminal element. It is very accurate, seldom outdated, comes in large packages, and it comes with unique identifiers.

What the governments of the world have created is a system that is prone to high scale, high volume, coordinated attacks, which are perfect for criminal element groups, even rogue States.

Make no mistake this is big business. The 2007 SANS report pegged the profits from cybercrime at $180 Billion! (Illegal drugs came in at only $140 Billion.)

No more recent reliable statistics are available, but as of this year anecdotal evidence shows us the problem is much bigger. There are even indications that profits from cybercrime are now being used to fund other crimes and activities.

Protecting your online life against the mounting threat from cyber criminals is fairly easily accomplished. You can get a high-level of security by installing a few pieces of software that should take half an hour. The cost is something in the range of one dollar per day. Or you can get a completely secure pre-configured laptop shipped to your door, and simply use that machine for anything remotely sensitive.

To find out more about securing your computer, your data, your online activity and your emails, download the Complete Computer Security Guide for Mere Mortals here NOW!

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