Top 10 Myths in IT Security

The Top Ten IT Security Myths can prove to be problematic to end users if they're not corrected immediately.

As such, here is a well-researched debunking of the common cyber security misconceptions based on monitored Internet discussion boards, customer requests, and support calls across the nigh-infinite.

Reaches of the Information Superhighway

1.           Making a fake entry labeled "000000" or "AAAAAA" on your emails address book will not help you block trojans and other malware from spreading to your account.
2.           A digital mobile phone can never be infected with a virus by simply using it to answer an incoming call; there is no conclusive proof available that shows that this is possible, regardless of the many advancements of digital mobile phone technology.
3.           Hacking into websites is illegal regardless of whether or not the webmaster has posted a warning sign on his front page.
There is no need for such a notice.
4.           Taking advice from an email forward to delete certain Windows system files because they are supposedly "malicious" is probably not a good idea.
Indeed, deleting files like sulfnbk.exe or jdbmgr.exe is one of the most avoidably harmful things you can do to your machine.
5.           Hotel card keys will not covertly record your personal information or credentials; phishing, on the other hand, does exactly that.
The only records available in card keys are check-out time, room number, and other harmless data.
6.           At present, Google does not have a service wherein its search engine crawlers will provide security checks that alert administrators of weaknesses and bugs in their websites.
7.           Thieves do not use out-of-office auto-replies to target households for burglary; it sounds probable, but there have not been any reports of such cases thus far.
8.           Suspicious patches in unsolicited email will not protect your PC from the latest worms, trojans, or viruses; instead, its more likely to contain the latest worms, trojans, or viruses.
9.           There is no such thing as a "Do Not Spam" registry; dont confuse the U.S. "Do Not Call" registry with something that doesnt exist as of yet.
10.       Popular download sites like Blue Mountain Greeting Cards and Elf Bowling do not contain viruses.
Nevertheless, its probably best for you to not click any unknown file unless it comes from a trusted site.