Sec 280 Week 4 Essay

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Fabio Souza Week 4 Computer security is not an issue for organizations alone. Anyone whose personal computer is connected to a network or the Internet faces a potential risk of attack. Identify all the potential security threats on a personal computer. Identify some of the techniques an attacker might employ to access information on the system. When it comes to a network or computer being victim to attack no one is exempt, ANYONE could be a victim. There are necessary steps that should be taken in order to protect you personal computer such as passwords and antivirus protection, but there are something’s you should look out for that can threaten the security of your personal computer. According to Norton Security there a few common security threats that you should look out for and the first threat that you should lookout for is Viruses. A virus according to Norton Security it defines a virus as “A virus is a piece of software that can replicate itself and infect a computer without the permission or knowledge of the user. A virus can only spread when it is transmitted by a user over a network or the Internet, or through removable media such as CDs or memory sticks. Viruses are sometimes confused with worms and Trojan horses, or used incorrectly to refer to malware.” With a virus to a pertaining to a personal computer it can delete files and cause damage to your personal computer and causes damage to the hard disk and other aspects of your personal computer. The next threat that people should watch out for is Spam/Spim/Spit. They all are dealing something online pertaining to email, instant messaging or VoIP. This can slow down your network and run the risk of sending faulty email. The third threat is spoofing, phishing, and pharming according to Norton Security they are defined as “Spoofing is an attack in which a person or program masquerades as another. A
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