If you decide to use the Internet either as a consumer, business, for information or just surfing the web for entertainment purposes you have to decide whether you want to use or visit websites that use an open or secure environment while on the Internet. In today's digitally connected world, the protection of privacy and personal information is becoming more important than ever (Khattak, Manan, 2011).
The benefits of having an open environment are that the cost of running the website is considerably smaller than having to absorb the cost of having the security measures put in to have an overly secured environment. Having an open environment will cause more visits to your website, many people do not want to spend the time to go through some of the protocols that are in place for some security measures in an overly secured environment. There are people who are new visitors to a website do not feel comfortable putting their information into a website they do not know, even if it is supposedly secure, having an open environment will attract these people.
There are areas of vulnerability that can be the point of problems on the Internet, the client or who owns the website, the server or computer system that supplies information to other computers, and the communication pipeline or service provider. The problems that can arise in these areas that should be considered when you are choosing to use an open or secured environment are the possibility of Malware one of the fastest growing e-commerce crimes (Courts, 2013).
[...] Businesses that keeps, collects and uses a person's personal information should take all he appropriate measures to protect it and make sure it is secure. Having an overly secure environment gives you the greatest security and privacy during any transactions, especially financial ones and it adds trust between the person visiting the website and the business that has the website. Having an overly secure system gives not only the business but the consumer too, a feeling of comfort that their information will be safe and they will use the Internet more often to make purchases and use website facilities. [...]
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[...] There is nothing illegal happening, no personal information that could do the individual harm is being transferred, but the question of being ethical comes up. I myself do not like the idea of other people knowing this information; I do not like getting unwanted e-mails from businesses that I did not solicit trying to get me to do business with them, or what websites I have visited, it is like not wanting the phone company giving out the numbers I call the most frequently to others, we have had to give up so much of our freedom and personal privacy in today's world to stay safe, I do not like the idea of having to give up anymore. [...]
[...] (2013). MGM310 Recorded Live Chat 2-198-5. Retrieved from: http://www.ctuonline.edu Kanona, R. (2007). Legal and Ethical Issues in Computer Security. Retrieved from: http://www.jost.edu.jo Khattak, Z., Manan, J., Sulaiman, S. (May 2011). [...]
[...] In today's “digitally connected world, the protection of privacy and personal information is becoming more important than ever” (Khattak, Manan, 2011). The benefits of having an open environment are that the cost of running the website is considerably smaller than having to absorb the cost of having the security measures put in to have an overly secured environment. Having an open environment will cause more visits to your website, many people do not want to spend the time to go through some of the protocols that are in place for some security measures in an overly secured environment. [...]
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