Trust is defined as a “Firm reliance on the integrity, ability, or character of a person or thing”. As you will learn, both computer software and the communication techniques employed by the Internet have a foundation based on trust.

My first computer, in 1980 was an Apple II+. The only software it ran were the programs I wrote. It was a secure computer because it couldn’t communicate with anything else. The millions of IBM Compatible PC’s sold before the Internet age were secure as well. Why? Theses computers could be trusted because they were isolated.

When the Internet was first built in the 1960’s it was composed of a few large, expensive computers. The U.S. Government project ARPANET evolved into today’s Internet from research done at UCLA, Stanford, University of California – Santa Barbara, and the University of Utah. The first Internet transmission was a login attempt between computers at UCLA and Stanford. The communication was safe and secure because nobody else was listening.

Much like a person living in a small town, home computers trust their surroundings. Doors are open and security is of little concern. Likewise, early Internet communication was secure because only a handful of trusted individuals and computers could make it work.

Today, the relatively inexpensive and fast computers combined with high speed Internet connections suddenly turn a small town into a global community. Anyone, anywhere in the world can communicate with your home computer instantaneously. Will you trust everyone who comes knocking on your door? I hope not.


2 Responses to “Trust”

  1. Home Computer Security » Blog Archive » Windows Update Says:

    […] Then, select the best option for your needs. I prefer the option that reads “Notify me but don’t automatically download or install them”. I want to know about all software that gets installed on my home computer. You can choose Automatic (recommended). However, I think you are granting someone else an enormous amount of trust. […]

  2. Home Computer Security » Blog Archive » Phishing for You Says:

    […] Often, Black Hat criminals will go Phishing for you. Why? From a criminals perspective, most Home Computer users are easy to catch. When I fish for bluegills I use worms for bait. When criminals go phishing they use your Trust for bait. Home Computer users are too trusting and consequently, easily caught. […]

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