I need help creating a thesis and an outline on Internet Security and Privacy. Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide. An abstract is required. People use the Internet today in many ways and the media available has multiplied. Internet access can be done through personal computers, laptops, netbooks and mobile devices. There are security and privacy issues whichever Internet device is used and are discussed below.
A. Security – although the standard for secure computer communications today is the SSL or the secure socket layer, there is still the potential for security lapses when people access their Internet connections for transacting whatever business they have in mind. The most common mistake that many people commit is at the so-called human-computer interface (HCI) where people do not know the security features embedded in the software program, according to the research done by the group of Radke, Boyd, Brereton & Nieto (2010).
1. User-Friendly Features – hardware designs, such as those on mobile or smartphones, must be simple to use and easily understood. This will prevent oversight that makes their computer communications vulnerable to hackers, for example, that leaves them open to possible fraud.
2. Authentication Procedures – it is vital for people to use the proper authentication process before even starting transacting online. The most common procedures are those requiring personally identifiable information such as birth dates, social security numbers or passwords. These are to be done upon logging in to their accounts to make sure it is not somebody else using their account, like in hacker attacks or the so-called MITM attack (man-in-the-middle) where there is another person pretending to be someone else.