Spyware, viruses, & security forum: Is there such a thing as too much computer security?

by: Lee Koo (ADMIN) August 13, 2010 2:22 PM PDT

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Is there such a thing as too much computer security?

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) ModeratorCNET staff - 8/13/10 2:22 PM

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Is there such a thing as too much computer security?


Is there such a thing as too much security? I have been reading and hearing about the latest Black Hat Technical security and Defcon hacking conferences in Las Vegas, and the threats to my online life, savings, and credit accounts. I'm suddenly looking into encryption software to keep myself "safe." Is it really necessary? Are my "normal" security methods not enough? (firewall, antivirus, anti-malware suite, etc).

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No such thing as too secure, but... --Submitted by Acaykath
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-6132_102-0.html?messageID=3357560#3357560

Too much security? --Submitted by Zouch
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-6132_102-0.html?messageID=3357659#3357659

Diversify across security classes, but not so much within --Submitted by davidldawson
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-6132_102-0.html?messageID=3357555#3357555

Main threat - user himself --Submitted by kilhan
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-6132_102-0.html?messageID=3357653#3357653

Too much for who? --Submitted by pillbox1911
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-6132_102-0.html?messageID=3357615#3357615

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