Chapter 9

Enhancing Internet Security and Privacy

The Internet is now the online home away from home for more than two billion people around the world. The lure of all that information, entertainment, and camaraderie has proven to be simply impossible to resist.

But the Internet has also lured more than its fair share of another class of people: malicious hackers, system intruders, and con artists of every stripe. These miscreants seem to spend most of their waking hours thinking up new ways to disrupt the Internet, break into your online computer, and steal everything from your credit card number to your full identity. Thankfully, like crime in the real world, online crime is still relatively rare. However, as the newspaper headlines attest ...

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