We are entering a time were computers run our lives, we put blind faith into them (do you take a regular backup?) and also are starting to increase the amount of transactions we take online, with the populisation of internet shopping and internet banking in no small contributed by eBay and PayPal.
We (depending were you read this blog) live in countries with few or no laws on how to protect ourselves online, fair enough there’s the DPA in the UK which goes somewhere near but there is no clear definition of what constitutes hacking or any other cyber-offence.
It stupidly simple to get access to a computer that you don’t own that its scary. You can take a standard off the shelf USB stick, push it in a computer it will create you a Administrator account a remote user account and give you the password to anybody who logs into that machine. Many homes now are switching to wi-fi indeed BT offer there Home Hub which is wireless with all there packages, albeit with a very simple 64-bit encryption assigned to it, but who’s responsibility is it to secure there wi-fi, I am firmly in the camp that if you leave it open its fair game to anybody, but just think about what you do online in a particular day and how much somebody could find about you it just a few hours on your network. Its enough to steal your Identity and rob you blind, yet many people just don’t understand the scope of the problem.
It’s all well and good knowing that these things are problems but how do we stop this from happening in the first place. As yet I haven’t been able to come up with a single thing that could be feasibly enforced, or surrendering our own privacy to some higher power (which I don’t think anybody in there right mind would be comfortable with. This is a problem that is almost as big as Global Warming if we manage to survive what ever apocalyptic event we make. Yet, we continue for the most part ignoring the fact it is a problem and how it would effect you if your identity was cloned and bank accounts cleaned, not a particularly nice thought.