August 27, 2001
Fallacies of a secure and private Internet
Author: JT Smith
Kelly McNeill writes "No matter what organization you are dealing with online, including the government, consumers cannot and should not realistically expect a 100 percent secure and private experience anywhere. Just like antiviral software that becomes obsolete with each new virus or worm released, security measures are only effective as long as no new threats are posed or underlying flaws uncovered. As long as the potential payoff exists, however, there will be morally challenged members of society trying to identify and exploit such weaknesses. And even people with the best of intentions may carelessly allow such pursuits to succeed."