Live Internet Video Event Sheds Light on Current State of Online Security

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Jersey City, N.J. — Feb. 5
“The Internet Today: Like Cars before Seatbelts,” a live Internet video event, will contain facts underlying the current deterioration of security and trust on the Internet, and discuss strategies Internet users should adopt to avoid resulting problems ranging from identity theft to sluggish PC performance.

Any Internet user can access the event, featuring Melih Abdulhayoglu, CEO and chief security architect of Comodo, and Henry Blodgett, CEO of Silicon Alley Insider, on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 3 p.m. EST. It is part of the Paltalk TechNow network, where new ideas about technology will be presented in live, interactive Internet events. Abdulhayoglu and Blodgett also will take live questions from the Internet audience.

The program’s title refers to similarities between consumers’ rapid adoption of automobiles, after World War II and their adoption of the Internet today — in both cases, safety and security were secondary considerations. As unacceptable death and injury rates uncovered in books like Unsafe at Any Speed helped trigger a significant upgrade in auto safety technology and practice, Abdulhayoglu and Blodgett will discuss the current triggers for a similar movement in Internet safety, and what measures could or should be adopted. Like passengers without seatbelts, Internet consumers are under-protected, not from collisions, but from organized criminals using the Internet as a vehicle for fraud and theft.

Comodo said three factors combine to make Internet crime increasingly prevalent:

  • Increase in consumer Internet dependence, particularly for applications involving financial and other information potentially valuable to criminals.
  • Growing number and recruitment of highly skilled software hackers, primarily in Eastern Europe and China.
  • An exponential rise in malware code created — as many as 30,000 new threats per day is overwhelming traditional defenses from user PC’s through the entire Internet infrastructure.

“The Internet Today: Like Cars before Seatbelts” is the first of a three-part series presenting Abdulhayoglu and Blodgett exchanging views with one another and a live Internet audience.

The second program, Tuesday, March 3, at 3 p.m. EST is titled, “Digital Identity, Establish and Manage it (or Someone Else Will).” The third, “Transforming the Web Into Your Web,” is scheduled for Thursday, March 19.

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