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Internet Security As we head into the next millennium many people are beginning to question the computer systems that so many of us depend on This is not the first time that people have become scared at the end of a century let alone a millennium People have always had on thing or another to be worried about at these turning points in time When people first heard of the Y2K problem they began to realize just how big of a problem security is on these systems Not only do we depend on these systems for information our entire lives are on computers The nation began to acquire a sense of urgency to fix this problem because they thought about just how vulnerable we are from bank records and accounts to their driving history and insurance information There have been countless cases of breaches in security including theft of money because of the lack of security on the Internet I feel that the need for greater security measures on the net is increasing as we move towards the millennium and bigger security problems are created as we depend on computers more and more everyday Computer Systems these days are protected in one of two ways or both The first is through passwords Passwords work only to a certain extent Many people lack the forethought to make their password something that is not easily guessable Your name birth date or anything that could be guessed with a little bit of thought is a bad idea The other way to protect a network is to use a firewall This technology is often effective but can be bypassed and is often picky about what to let through In my opinion firewalls give a false sense of security and cannot be used as a sole means of protection Given enough time most decent computer science majors or anyone really familiar with networks can bust through a firewall This is
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