Computer security is no longer just an organization’s concern but everyone’s who uses their computer to access the internet. Anyone who uses their personal computer to access the internet faces potential security threat. This document will identify all the potential security threats on a personal computer and some techniques an attacker might employ to access information on the file system.
Security threats can be broadly classified into outside and inside threats. Organization may be exposed to viruses and worms as a result of employees not following certain practices or procedures. Intruders are also a big security threat—they hack into large networks to steal private information like social security ...view middle of the document...
These can allow intruders easy access to your computer without your knowledge, change your system configurations, or infect your computer with a computer virus.
An attachment that you may receive via email may have malicious software designed to destroy the data on your computer. Without the proper protection that malicious software sent by potential a hacker can cause severe security breaches to you computer, to steal passwords account information, or use your computer to create (DDoS) Denial of service attacks. A DDoS is a hacker’s way of using one’s computer as a robot to attack high profile website or a denial of service. Unprotected Windows networking shares can be exploited by intruders in an automated way to place tools on large numbers of Windows-based computers attached to the Internet. Because site security on the Internet is interdependent, a compromised computer not only creates problems for the computer's owner, but it is also a threat to other sites on the Internet. The greater immediate risk to the Internet community is the potentially large number of computers attached to the Internet with unprotected Windows networking shares combined with distributed attack tools
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