The LISNews library-related site has been running a series on IT Security for Libraries.
The most recent part covers 20 Common Security Myths:
- You have nothing important to steal
- Having antivirus software makes you completely safe
- Using Mac/Linux makes you safe
- Patches and updates make things worse and break them
- You can look at a site and know it’s safe and not serving bad stuff
- Using a firewall makes you safe
- Complex frequently changed passwords make you safe
- Avoiding IE makes me safe
- If an email comes from a familiar face it’s ok
- If a link comes from a friend on Facebook/twitter it’s safe
- If I just click a link it’s ok
- Only porn, gambling, and other “sketchy” sites are dangerous
- Only naive users get infected with malware and viruses
- You can only get infected if you download files
- If I’m compromised I will know it
- Infections come from email
- P2P and torrents are safe
- Hardware can’t spread or come preinfected with malware
- If I never log off / restart I can’t get infected . And finally…
- I’m too smart to get infected… Yes, you and me both!
Somehow, I am feeling just a little bit more paranoid right now.