Ten Not-So-Simple Rules for Using the Internet

An excellent piece by Larry Seltzer

  1. If a bad guy can persuade you to run his program on your computer, it’s not your computer anymore.
  2. If a bad guy can alter the operating system on your computer, it’s not your computer anymore.
  3. If a bad guy has unrestricted physical access to your computer, it’s not your computer anymore.
  4. If you allow a bad guy to upload programs to your Web site, it’s not your Web site any more.
  5. Weak passwords trump strong security.
  6. A computer is only as secure as the administrator is trustworthy.
  7. Encrypted data is only as secure as the decryption key.
  8. An out-of-date virus scanner is only marginally better than no virus scanner at all.
  9. Absolute anonymity isn’t practical, in real life or on the Web.
  10. Technology is not a panacea.
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