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The Five Most Dangerous Security Myths


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The Five Most Dangerous Security Myths

Note: This is the first of five parts. For the next part, click on the link at the bottom.


Still think that today's computer viruses and other malware come from some maladjusted teen out to vandalize your PC to make a name for himself? Think again. The persistent myth is a holdover from days long gone, and it's important to dispel it if you want to know what you're up against - and how to protect yourself.

Myth #2

Sure, the Web is today's Wild West, with digital guns blazing and no sheriff in sight. But as long as you use a good antivirus program, you're completely safe, right?

Myth #3

When the Web was young and blink tags abounded, it wasn't hard to avoid the bad stuff online. You could generally tell by looking at a site if it was unsavory or even dangerous, and if you were careful with your surfing and your e-mail, you could generally have gone without antivirus.

Myth #4

It's a beloved phrase, used by the wise and the lazy alike in response to everything from potential construction to technical work: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

Myth #5

You've cleared away most of the web of myth. You know that today's evil viruses and other malware exist to make money, that antivirus alone is no guarantee of safety, and that neither is your own good sense (as important as that is). And you know that some of the best protection comes from keeping your software and your operating system up-to-date.


"Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school." - Albert Einstein

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