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Chapter 19. Network Security > Who Would Be Interested in My Computer?

Who Would Be Interested in My Computer?

Most of us don't give security risks a second thought. After all, who is a data thief going to target: me or the Pentagon? Who'd be interested in my computer? Well, the sad truth is that there are thousands of people out there who'd be delighted to find that they could connect to your computer. They might be looking for your credit card information, passwords for computers and Web sites, or a way to get to other computers on your LAN. Even more, they would love to find that they could install software on your computer, which they could then use to send spam or probe other peoples' computers. They might even use your computer to launch attacks against corporate or governmental networks. Don't doubt that this could happen to you.

Much of the spam you receive is sent from home computers that have been taken over by criminals through the conduit of an unsecured Internet connection. The problem has gotten so bad in the past few years that starting with Windows XP Service Pack 2, when you install Windows software, Microsoft is now enabling the strictest network security settings by default, rather than requiring you to take explicit steps to enable them. There were just too many Windows computers—perhaps millions—with no protection whatsoever. And with the advent of high-speed, always-on Internet connections, the risks are increasing because computers stay connected and exposed for longer periods of time.


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