Web Security and Privacy
Another area of internet technology which deserves its due importance is the issue of web security and privacy over the internet. With the increasing popularity of the internet, the issue of web security and privacy has also gained considerable importance in order to protect the confidential material from unauthorized access, theft or fraud. Today people mostly do online purchases and give confidential information for making payments. E-commerce has evolved with secure ways of making payments through e-cheques, e-cash and e-wallets which ensure the protection of the confidential information.
This technology of making the web transactions secure is being continuously upgraded and improved to enhance customer satisfaction and relieve them of any tension due to dealing over the internet. If the online payment procedures were not secure then businesses would have never gone online as people would not have trusted them. There are extensive authentication programs developed for the ease of the users for ensuring that their personal credit card information is safe and secure. Moreover, increasingly companies and businesses are implementing privacy policies for security purposes.
Every system today has firewall installed for protecting their information. Firewall are considered the most efficient and effective system for keeping the internet security intact. Antivirus softwares are also been extensively used by individuals and companies for securing their personal computers which has the main job of protecting the computers from worms and viruses. Other examples include Virtual Private Network (VPN) and encryption which allow the users to gain secure access to their company networks and unauthorized people are unable to access the personal information of users (Simson 2002).
Other such security issues include hacking but efficient systems and software have been to make prevent the hackers from snooping on individual systems. Cookies are another way through which web security has been enhanced by allowing users to log on to a website without giving confidential information again. Companies should design strong privacy policies so that the abuses of internet technology cannot hamper their success and profitability. Wireless Applications
The use and spread of internet technology paved a way for the advent of wireless communications through wireless applications and technology. Wireless technology has allowed the whole physical world to be integrated into one virtual world. It has given users access to any location at any time from any part of the world allowing people to communicate freely. It has brought about a change in the way people interact with each other. This has led to more faster and accurate communication of information giving advantages to its users and businesses all over the world.
Today people want more freedom and constant access and wireless technology seems to be the perfect solution for such individuals and corporations. No complex physical connections are now required for accessing information or connecting to the people with the advent of wireless technology. Examples of wireless applications include Wide Area Network, Voice over Internet Protocols (VoIP), Wi-Fi and Blackberry etc. This has made our life more convenient and thus, the importance of wireless applications is continuously increasing (Sarkar, Basavaraju, and Puttamadappa 2007).