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May 18 2008   6:39PM GMT

Are You a Hacker Target?

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

Aside from those unenlightened, naive souls who invite every hacker, phisher and Nigerian scammer on the planet into their computers how many people actually fall victim to hackers? I’m talking about people who take reasonable precautions, like installing a NAT router, running a personal firewall (not Windows’ firewall) and anti-virus software. I ask this question because for some months now, I’ve been running half naked behind my hardware firewall: no anti-virus, no software firewall, just a hosts file to block known bad sites (I do update it frequently). I use both IE and Firefox for web surfing.

I haven’t been hacked, nor have I been infected by any malware. In my entire history of computing (since 1974), I’ve never been plagued by a virus or worm. I guarantee you that my PCs are not part of any botnet. No one has ever tried to run a DDOS attack on me. It’s not that I’m invisible–Google my name and you’ll get several thousand hits (some of those aren’t me; apparently more than one Ken Harthun out there). I have a couple of different web sites in plain view, too.

Am I immune to attack or just lucky? Or is it that by applying the various security tips I give you here (yes, I do the same things I tell you to do) , I’m out smarting the hackers so they can’t figure out how to get me? Food for thought. Your comments are welcome.

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