Living with the internet: Keeping it safe
Living with the internet: Keeping it safe

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Living with the internet: Keeping it safe

12.3 Further security issues

The problems discussed so far can have major implications for users. They may:

  • slow your PC;

  • cause the loss of important data;

  • damage your reputation by sending false information or viruses via email;

  • access the Internet without permission, and in the process use up bandwidth;

  • be time-consuming to remove;

  • cause loss of private information;

  • have financial implications.

Most of these types of software are targeted at adults. However, the software does not know whether it is an adult or a child who is sitting on the other side of the screen.

Figure 10
Source: The New Yorker magazine, 5 July 1993 (Vol.69 (LXIX) no. 20), page 61.
Figure 10 A cartoon showing two dogs.

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