You’ve just gotten a new computer. You connect it to your high-speed Internet connection and within seconds … the computer has been attacked thousands of times.
Most of the attacks will fail but a few may succeed. The result of the attacks may be undetectable and could be intentionally delayed. After all, you have little data on the system yet.
Many computer users assume that their new computers will protect important information “out-of-the-box.” While such products often contain security mechanisms, we must individually stay informed about security precautions and make a concerted effort to keep our systems safe.