Internet Security: There’s an App for That – Your BRAIN!

image Yes, it’s true! There’s an application designed to help keep you safe on the Internet. And here’s the best part – you don’t have to buy, or download and install this application.

Most Internet users, in my experience, already have this app (some don’t – more about that later), and it works surprisingly well with a computer’s Firewall, Security Applications, and Browser security add-ons.

The Brain is a very efficient Internet safety device, and using it will provide a user with the best protection available while surfing the Internet. There’s a small problem with the Brain though, which might explain its frequent unreliability.

Just as a Firewall needs to be “trained”, to reach the best state of efficiency and protection capabilities, similarly, the Brain app requires “training’”; so that it too, can perform to its maximum potential as an Internet safety device.

Failure to train a software Firewall application, for example, can lead, in many cases, to an erratic and uncertain experience. The untrained Brain app as well, can exhibit parallel behavior.

Sadly, a significant number of Brain apps lack this training and as a result, many computer users fail to recognize the dangers, and threats, the Internet poses to their computers, and to their personal privacy.

So, in order to get the best out of this priceless Internet safety device, it needs to be trained (educated). A good place to start this training process is The Enemy is at the Gate – Common Sense Tips for Internet and System Security, on this site.

This site is hardly alone in offering Internet security and how-to advice to computer users. There are many excellent sites that do just that.

Here are some of my favorites:

Mister Reiner

Paul’s Home Computing Blog

Scoroncocolo Tech Pages

Tech – for Everyone

ThreatFire Research Blog

TTC Shelbyville – Technical Blog

TuneUp (Blog about Windows)

What’s On My PC

Times have changed; cybercriminals are increasingly more knowledgeable, quicker to respond to opportunities, and more relentless than ever in their attempts to separate surfers from their money.

Train that Brain – so that you are aware of the shape of the Internet landscape, and the changes that are occurring, or may occur in that landscape. Now, more than ever, Brain training is a necessity – a prerequisite to protecting yourself and your computer from cybercriminal attack.

Here’s an example of the type of behavior exhibited by users who lack a Brain app:

Sensational news alerts, continue to be one of the most popular methods cyber-crooks use to capture Internet users’ attention; particularly in emails, Google search results, and on social networking sites like Twitter and FaceBook.

When Michael Jackson died, I wrote a piece entitled “Hey Sucker – Read This! Michael Jackson’s Not Dead!”, simply as a test of “curiosity exploitation”.

The results that followed were astonishing – within days, this article was getting 1,000’s of daily hits. Even today, this nonsensical article continues to get hits. Go figure!

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26 responses to “Internet Security: There’s an App for That – Your BRAIN!

  1. Liam O' Moulain

    Bill,
    You’re right Bill. If people would use their Brain while on the internet, they could save themselves a lot of grief.

    Enjoyed the article.

    Liam

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Liam,

      The funny thing is – it really is just about that simple.

      Thanks for coming by.

      Bill

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  3. Nice post, Bill. Made me smile. I would say I’ve always had a brain but was once guilty of not using it online. lol

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Paul,

      How goes it down in that wild beautiful country?

      I’m glad you saw the humour in the article – I’m hoping others do too. But, you never know.

      I think your Brain app is function at 100% – it’s been a very long time since we had a conversation about any issues. I’m proud of you.

      Best,

      Bill

      • Thanks Bill,

        I certainly learned some valuable lessons from my past experiences on the web; namely, stop downloading stuff and you’ll be okay. lol Thanks for all the advice.

        As for Newfoundland, lol, it was snowing here Friday evening. Not too bad today though. Hope it’s better up there. (Okay, I KNOW it’s better up there.) lol

        All I can say is: “At least it’s not snowing today.”

        Have a great week, Bill.

        • Bill Mullins

          Hey Paul,

          Last year, for the entire year we had 3 heat alerts. So far this year (it’s now even June yet!), we’ve had 5, and you’re having snow! The humidity level today is atrocious, and promises to get worse through the week, so the air conditioning is going full blast. This is the type of day that I think of snow, fondly. lol

          Take care, and enjoy your week.

          Best,

          Bill

  4. Cappydawg

    Great article. How true and simple if we all would just stop and think before we click on that link of curiousity. I always tell my friends please read first before clicking. I them Happy Clickers. As my dad always told me, “all the degrees in the world can’t beat being street smart”

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Cappydawg,

      “Happy Clickers”, huh? I like that – might have to borrow that one! :) You’re friends are very lucky to have you looking out for them.

      When your dad told you “all the degrees in the world can’t beat being street smarts”, he was so right. Smart Dad.

      In a “down and dirty” world, I’ll take the person with street smarts, over the person with degrees any day. It’s how that sort of environment works.

      Bill

  5. Cappydawg

    Bill, that should read I call them Happy Clickers.

  6. It seems the brain is the least used muscle in the body these days. People do the same stupid stuff over and over, click on a pop up click on links in emails, and give administrative permission to a website they go to that they never heard of.
    I actually got one person on to Linux, they did very few things with their PC, but still were getting infected weekly. For casual use if your hardware works Linux is a good solution for the chronically stupid computer user.
    Just don’t call me for support.
    Mark

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Mark,

      That’s an amazing story – on Linux and gets infected weekly! Must be something in the air they breath, or the water they drink. No wait – could be a classical “chronically stupid computer user”.

      Hope you’re having a great holiday weekend.

      Best,

      Bill

  7. Ranjan

    Hi Bill,
    Absolutely right…
    IMO, every user has this app built-in. One just need to keep it updated with the latest definitions (security related informations) and fine-tune it.. :P

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Ranjan,

      “One just need to keep it updated with the latest definitions (security related information) and fine-tune it”. This is a critical point – thanks for bringing it up.

      Bill

  8. Bill,
    I liked your “brain app” approach. We try to educate folks about Internet security, but the “learning” only takes place if their brain apps are loaded and running. Seriously though, being able to safely use the Internet is a multi-faceted issue that is going to take all of us working hard on it to improve it.
    Best,
    Paul

    • Bill Mullins

      Hi Paul,

      Unfortunately, the very nature of the Internet lulls users into a “Brain in neutral” position. But, you’re right – “to safely use the Internet is a multi-faceted issue that is going to take all of us working hard on it to improve it.”

      Best,

      Bill

  9. Mal

    Hey Bill,

    Like I’ve said before, someone can have all the great security tools they like, but if they don’t use common sense, then it’s all pointless really. You don’t have to be a geek to use your brain lol.

    Cheers

  10. Adrian

    Very cool metaphor Bill.

  11. Ahmed Helmy

    Hi Bill :
    If peoples would use their brain it will make their life much easier and make security companies and other companies shut down their bussines and you would close your website propabilly too! . lol so be happy that there are alot of peoples that doesnot use their brain when it comes to the internet!
    Have a great week!

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Ahmed,

      Well, I’d gladly write about something else if people finally began to “use their Brain”. But, that will never happen my friend. :)

      You have a good week also.

      Best,

      Bill

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  13. Mozg to podstawa wszelkiej naszej dzialalnosci.
    Powtarzam to od lat,ale zamiast w niektórych instytucjach dbać o to i cenic kandydatow do pracy to robią wrecz przeciwnie.

  14. Sorry-not the language :-)
    Brain is the foundation of all our activities.
    I repeat this for years, but instead in some institutions to take care of it and appreciate the candidates for the job they do just the opposite.