Internet Security Quietly Moves Up The Online Agenda

Internet security costs may spike in 2017 due to the increasing fear of cyber crime. It's true that cyber crime is growing every year, but most computer users have not had devastating online experiences. On one hand, there's a sense that the online world is in a state of emergency to guard against hackers, yet at the same time, most people don't seem to be in a hurry to address all the problems regarding hacking and the threat of malware disrupting society.

Americans seem to be in a state of hypnotized psychosis, which is what watching too much television can do to you. A majority of the TV audience tends to go along with whatever narrative is being told as if it's the undisputed truth. They don't realize that TV is designed to dumb down the mind and convince you that keeping up with marketed trends and showing off materialistic corporate consumption are what matter most. Even when the trend is to suppress news about the CIA spying on all electronic devices, as described by Edward Snowden and revealed by Wikileaks, many businesses are taking steps to be more secure.

The problem with commercializing technology on the mass level it has become, is that industry leaders chase money and expansion without thoroughly testing for adverse effects. The internet has expanded quickly without much regard to what consequences may happen in the event too many millions of people begin to suffer from cyber attacks. The mobile revolution has been so successful that manufacturers look for ways to capitalize on the trend, more than pay attention to security.

So in 2017 we see two major factors going on in tech that affect all industries:

1. the government is collecting information on electronic products and the people who purchase them

2. tech corporations are heavily marketing products - especially gadgets - to consumers

It's up to consumers do decide whether they want to live in a world of surveillance while enjoying modern gadgetry or if they want to live a more back-to-basics lifestyle without gadgets. As long as the government doesn't pass a law that requires individuals to have a smartphone as part of their identity, it's an option people may consider. A significant percentage of the population is keeping up with the news leaks that they are being spied upon. The tin foil hat era is no longer just laughs or interesting stories at a party.

Apple has claimed to fix vulnerabilities that were recently uncovered by Wikileaks. Other tech companies seem less confident and more investigative in their press releases following the March 2017 dumps by Wikileaks. Most of the latest revelations, however, are just confirmation of what has already been known for at least a decade.

I first started hearing reports in the late 90s that "the phone company" recorded all phone calls and stored them in a giant database that the government could access. A band musicians friend of mine who worked for the semiconductor biz told me that keywords about illegal activity alert authorities to investigate phone calls. That whole conspiracy paranoia ended up being accurate.

Yet there's noticeable numbness to the security revelations. Companies that sell gadgets are still gung ho in their marketing to sell as many gadgets as possible and join the mobile revolution. On top of that, many businesses are encouraging their own staff to "bring your own device" (BYOD), which saves them from investing in hardware. The American corporate story continues, in which businesses are trying to save money - not on just on software security, but paying for computers as well, in order to cut expenses while maximizing profits.

Chasing money is still the top priority of the business world. But somewhere on the rest of the list security is moving up in priority.

Created by Alex Cosper