Since last week, each group had already presented their topic respectively, Dr. Fariza continued the lecture with another three topics which are 1) Open Source Software, 2) Original and Licensing Software and 3) Internet and Computer Security.
First and foremost, there are lots of free software available on the internet. For example, the cloud storage. According to Webopedia (2015), cloud storage is defined as the storage of data online in the cloud. There are lots of benefits to using cloud storage, including data backup, recovery and others. However, the most noticeable is file accessibility. Do you still remember those times when to use files for example, word processing and spreadsheets on different computers, you needed to save the files on a thumb drive or CD-ROM disk. Then, the drive or disk travelled along with you so that you could load the information onto other computers until the documents were safely retrieved. That is so ancient! With cloud, files are stored and can be accessed at any time from any place as long as you have the Internet access. You do not need to worry about losing the device, breaking the CD or not having the information loaded properly anymore. Just how fast the technology changes!
However, the big question here is “Are we aware of the trusted and reliable sources?” One thing to bear in mind is that using open source software is not all milk and honey. Have you heard of EULA? That item is the End User License Agreement which covered the software you use. If you read their terms, (most of us blindly agreeing to it, right?) it is stated that the companies disclaimed all liabilities when problems occur and disrupt the productivity. Which means that you won’t really have or receive any support and the worst part is, the responsibility for the product falls on you. From my understanding, ignoring EULAs not only expose the computer to security risks but also your privacy. Therefore, before you jump into the bandwagon and download all the products you’ve been eyeing on, find out if it is worth your while.
Next, there are several issues that arise when talking about Internet security. One example is the online threats such as malwares, spywares and viruses. Every time a home PC or laptops go online, it connects to thousands of unknown networks and millions of their users. While you’re connected, that’s when a hacker break into your computer by finding out its IP address. Hearing a story from Dr. Fariza about the man whom nearly lost RM 10, 000 as the result from being hacked only through the wifi connection scared the shit out of me. Never crossed in my naïve mind that these things could happen to be honest. Being a student, I understand the struggle to keep up-to-date with all the advancement in technology. Tell me who doesn’t love the open wifi? They actually couldn’t care less whether sharing information or having an account at a particular site bring good or harm to them. In fact, youngster nowadays, they couldn’t pass a minute without flooding the social media with selfies or update status on Twitter. What’s on their mind is they have the accessibility.
That's all from me.
All the love - A.
All the love - A.