Cyber Criminals are Like Busy Bees
Can virtual reality be related to physical reality? You might be asking what is being asked here? What I mean is can there be things in the world around us that might make the understanding of what happens on the internet more understandable. I think is it possible. Especially for more senior or upper aged generations. Be aware, Cyber Criminals are Like Busy Bees.
Why I say this is because younger generations seem to spend much more time in a world of virtual reality than their parents and even grandparents. The reality is that there is every way possible to communicate today without even leaving your home. You could almost do everything online if you wanted to. There are becoming larger and larger amounts of people who do as much as they can on the internet without even leaving the comforts of their own home.
This concept came to me today as I was taking a break from my computer work and went outside to see my flower beds. I went around and was observing and enjoying the many different flowers.
I came to the peonies on the front yard. They have started to really come out in bloom now. I was looking at the individual flowers. I notice that the bees are very busy collecting pollen from each flower. As I watched I notice that some flowers had more bees on them than others. That was because their pollen was more ready to be harvested that the other flowers in the flower bed.
Computer Systems on The Internet
Then I got thinking about the many computer systems on the internet. Some are attacked more by viruses and malware than others. Someone will be asking why is that? Then others will be saying what do bees and flowers have to do with computers connected to the internet?
Well, this scenario in nature has a great visual effect for the virtual internet reality I think. Just like some flowers were had more bees on them than others is because they were more ready for bees pollination. Some computer systems are more vulnerable than other computer systems just because of what each users knows or users to make their system more visible and vulnerable to the internet. Like the flower are out there stating here I am I am ready for pollination, so there are computers on the internet that are stating the same thing. They have no real protection or below the protection that they should have. Maybe the user(s) go to sites that they should not go to. They receive a virus or malware apps because they were in a web site that made their system accessible to them.
Then there is the availability of public Wi-Fi hot-spots. These are internet connections where criminals like to connect with. When they do they go and access non-protected systems for data harvesting and identity theft. Here again these are very busy areas where unsuspecting internet users become vulnerable to have their data and/or identity stolen.
What can you do if you feel that you need to use these hot-spots? Well, you should have a VPN or a proxy app on your system to help protect you while on the public network.
The next question is what is a VPN? What is a proxy? First a VPN is a virtual private network that is created so that their is secure communication between the user and office. All companies that have employees that work off site do this so that data exchange is secure. It i important to use these when out of the office. There are both consumer and corporate VPNs. If you work outside a secure environment at all you should be using one. In contrast a proxy is what a corporation will use to filter the traffic from the internet and to the internet. It is through a proxy that a corporation will let their employees access or not access specific websites on the internet. It is through a proxy that employees that are working out in the field will go through to access those needs files or apps for work. So both the VPN and the proxy are important for protection and security of all data.
Keeping Your Information Safe
Therefore, as a user you do not want to give access to those busy bee criminals anymore availability to your data and personal information. It is best to be accessing the internet through a secure access point. This is like a corporate server system or a Small Office/Home Office SOHO network. If you are working outside such an environment. Then, make sure that you are using a VPN that goes through a proxy if at all possible.
If you do not have a VPN on your laptop or tablet, you can google Virtual Private Network. There are a number of free and purchasable systems. Find the one that fits your needs the best. That way you will be keeping your data and personal information better secured. I would suggest that you make it a personal policy to always use a secure connection. That is like a corporate server connection or a SOHO server connection. Do this as much as possible. You have much better opportunity to have your whole system and data safe from criminals.
Back To The Original Concept
So, does the physical world show you situations that can be taken over into the virtual world. Well. you be the judge? Anyway, it is important to be more and more aware of how we communicate on the internet. Following how information seems to be so easily stolen and influenced today, it is important to be aware. The greatest thing to remember is the following. Just like we can be stolen from in our physical world, we can also be stolen from in our virtual world. Security is everyone’s business. Both physically and virtually. Our security starts with us. Don’t give out more information than you have too. Be thoughtful about where you are going when on the internet. Be aware of what you are getting or seeing and reading when you are on the internet. Then if you seem to be somewhere where you should not be, leave that website immediately. Your safety and security is always in your hands. Use it wisely.
Thank you for reading this post. It was my intent to make the reader aware that criminals on the internet are like bees in a flowerbed. Forever busy getting what information and data they can. If you have any computer concerns contact us here. Our computer services are listed here.