November 30 is observed as the ‘International Computer Security Day (ICSD) to raise awareness and remind people about how important protecting your personal and professional computers is.
From early Internet connection to this day
When we turn back to the history of new communication technology, the first personal computer released in early 1975. The early internet connection, ARPANET was discovered in 1950, it needed to take 45 years to be opened for personal use. The spread of Internet diversified the personal devices. Computers, smartphones, tablets have become an essential part of our daily lives.
Since the early Internet connection, hacking and computer viruses have been around. In 1988, computers were beginning to become more common, which is what led to the beginning of Computer Security Day. Considering personal information on the Internet, keeping your data secure is more important than ever.
Robert T. Morris, the man who inspired hackers
The first instance of malware, called the Morris Worm, took down 10 percent of the computers that were connected to ARPANET. This was on November 2, 1988, and it made people realize that computers needed security to protect sensitive information. The Morris Worm attacked the University of California, Berkeley, ASA, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, and Stanford.
The virus is named after its creator, Robert Tappan Morris was the first person ever to be convicted under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act that Congress passed in 1986. Morris Worm inspired hackers to begin to try attacking systems. The nation realized that we needed to defend computers against attackers like Morris, thus creating Computer Security Day.
Advice for keeping your data secure
To celebrate Computer Security Day, you should spend some time on your own information security. The first step can be updating the virus protection software on your devices and run a thorough search afterward. To check your computer is not enough, you should also check your smartphones and tablets.
The second step is not to forget to change your passwords periodically. You can use any number of password management apps to generate strong passwords for you that are difficult to guess.
Thirdly, you should consider updating your operating system to increase your security, if you are still running an outdated version of Windows. If you are a Linux user, make sure that all of your patches are up to date. For not to lose your sensitive and important data, back up all of them to a USB drive or an external hard drive. Using a cloud storage service like Dropbox and Google Drive is another option to back up your data.