In the world of computers, computer fraud and computer
crime are very prevalent issues facing every computer user.
This ranges from system administrators to personal computer
users who do work in the office or at home. Computers
without any means of security are vulnerable to attacks from
viruses, worms, and illegal computer hackers. If the proper
steps are not taken, safe computing may become a thing of
the past. Many security measures are being implemented to
protect against illegalities.
Companies are becoming more aware and threatened by the
fact that their computers are prone to attack. Virus
scanners are becoming necessities on all machines.
Installing and monitoring these virus scanners takes many
man hours and a lot of money for site licenses. Many server
programs are coming equipped with a program called 'netlog.'
This is a program that monitors the computer use of the
employees in a company on the network.
The program monitors
memory and file usage. A qualified system administrator
should be able to tell by the amounts of memory being used
and the file usage if something is going on that should not
be. If a virus is found, system administrators can pinpoint
the user who put the virus into the network and investigate
whether or not there was any malice intended.
One computer application that is becoming more widely
used and, therefore, more widely abused, is the use of
electronic mail or email. In the present day, illegal
hackers can read email going through a server fairly easily.
Email consists of not only personal transactions, but
business and financial transactions. There are not many
encryption procedures out for email yet. As Gates
describes, soon email encryption will become a regular
addition to email just as a hard disk drive has become a
regular addition to a...