By Val Bakh
2.7.4 Internet Explorer Security Features
The Internet has become an integral part of our lives. Nowadays, the Internet gives us access to e-mail, instant messaging, telephone, television, banking, shopping, research—you name it. It is so completely woven into nearly everything we do so that most of the time we don’t even think of it as something external, something that we need to connect to before we can make use of it. That is, of course, until something goes wrong. The Internet is not only a convenience; it is also a potential danger.
When you are physically in a crowded place, such as a shopping mall or a busy street, you are very much cognizant of the fact that most people around you are total strangers. You wouldn’t climb to a podium and shout out your name, address, date of birth, place of work, or any other personal information for everyone’s benefit. Most of the time, you wouldn’t even fumble in your wallet too openly. And if you come across a banking machine and decide to do some banking, you’ll make sure no one is watching over your shoulder when you are entering your PIN, you’ll never forget to remove your banking card when you are done, and you’ll never leave behind any receipts that the machine printed for you. When you are browsing the Internet from the comfort of your home, there is no jostle or bustle of a physical crowd, but that doesn’t mean that there’s no one watching you or that everyone in cyberspace is a friend you can trust. Therefore, certain precautions are in order if you want to stay safe.