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Chapter 11. Security > The Global Village

The Global Village

In the mid-1990s, there was no shortage of breathless predictions about how the Internet would usher in a new era of worldwide camaraderie. A global village, if you will, full of people eager to share knowledge and experience—people working together to bring out the best in each other. Unfortunately, what we got were the same old scammers we have in the real world.

If you're just getting online, it may only be a matter of days before you receive a virus-infected email. It might only be hours until some hacker discovers your computer and begins probing its defenses. Is it all hopeless? Should you pack up the computer, put this book on the shelf, and give up? No way!


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