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Linux Magazine: System Security

Dec 25, 2000, 19:36 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Wreski)

"Back in the old days security was a pretty straight-forward affair. If you wanted to secure something, you just kept buying locks and alarm systems until you felt secure. Back then, it actually took a good deal of planning and physical effort for someone to break into your business, your home, or anything else that had been "secured."

"Today, networked computing is a business imperative and a fact of everyday life for home computer users. The downside to this is that the more we allow networked systems into our everyday lives, the less secure our businesses and homes become."

"Worse yet, the bad guys don't even have to exert much effort to attempt a break-in. There are lots of scanning and cracking tools available that know how to find and exploit known weaknesses on most computer systems."

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