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I am writing my final research paper for my English class. We have to write about the Internet and I am focusing on network security/hacking. So far I could only come up with tips on how to stay safe(r) and the history of hacking but I am unsure if that will be enough. Anyone have any other ideas of things I should look into?

asked Dec 01 '12 at 00:47

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closed Dec 04 '12 at 23:40

Thank you for all that have added your ideas. I actually ended up writing twice (12 pages) as much as we were supposed to. I would have kept going if I didn't have to turn it in today since I wasn't able to talk about everything I wanted plus what you guys/gals have added.

(Dec 04 '12 at 23:39) Lestat611 Lestat611's gravatar image

The question has been closed for the following reason "The question is answered, right answer was accepted" by Lestat611 Dec 04 '12 at 23:40

Emphasize somewhere that total security is not truly possible. Before you even turn on a computer or any device it has the risk of being compromised (in this case physically). Also be sure to mention that a lot of security failures are actually the user's fault, something that is very often forgotten when discussing security.

answered Dec 02 '12 at 19:05

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I agree Security starts with the user. Could you please explain what you mean with "Before you even turn on a computer or any device it has the risk of being compromised (in this case physically)" Are you talking about an employee from the manufacturer tampering with a product and/or installing malicious code?

(Dec 03 '12 at 00:58) Lestat611 Lestat611's gravatar image

A system's software can be 100% secure, unpenetrable, etc etc but it doesn't mean a single thing if the hardware isn't secure as well. Think keyloggers, think tracking devices, to take it a step farther, think of someone taking out the hard drive in your computer and walking off with it. That's why so many data centers and hosting centers have very very tight security. Because at the end of the day you can have the best software protection and encryption available but it's all mostly useless if someone malicious has physical access to the machine.

Someone can tamper with the computer's internals, install malicious software, etc etc etc. The possibilities are endless, Whether that be an employee with a grudge or a team of people trying to steal information from you and your company.

Hope this helps.

(Dec 03 '12 at 16:28) Zbob750 Zbob750's gravatar image

What about the real world impact of hacking and DDoS attacks on the economy, with figures. Also, perhaps you could go into more detail about how advanced viruses and malware are getting and the greater difficulty in detecting these (thanks to metamorphic and polymorphic programming techniques and such)

I hope this helps you in your research paper! :)

answered Dec 01 '12 at 10:31

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The importance of decentralization. All targets are essentially vulnerable and decentralizing keeps attacks from plaguing entire systems.

answered Dec 01 '12 at 15:48

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include some statistics of the standard modern web browsers as well as dangers of running old versions and also what security protocols they use

answered Dec 02 '12 at 02:16

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