Computer crime

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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...