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5 urban legends about computer security


A few days ago I was talking to a computer security expert about some urban legends related to this topic. Coincidentally, today I receive a press release from Panda Security with the top 5 of these legends, here I leave them:

Antivirus companies are the ones that make viruses

This statement is absurd, especially considering that we receive more than 55,000 new and different viruses every day. And if it were true, the scandal would have already jumped in the more than 20 years that the sector has been protecting users. One of the problems that the industry has had to solve over time is how to take on the workload of processing the increasing number of cyber threats to keep our users protected.

Security companies hire hackers

A variation on this myth is that you have to be a computer engineer to do security, which is false. The profiles of the professionals who work at Panda, for example, are very varied: engineers, mathematicians, physicists, professional training, self-taught, etc. What they all have in common is that they have a special interest, a genuine passion in many cases, for computer security.

There are no viruses for Mac, Linux or mobile platforms

The perception is that there is no risk or danger for these users, since viruses are made only for Windows platforms. The reality is that there are viruses for all these platforms. The difference lies in the amount of computer threats that circulate when compared to Windows.

You need to know a lot to be a hacker, develop viruses, break into systems

In some cases, yes; in others, no. A few years ago it was quite expensive to develop viruses, worms, Trojans, etc., and you did need technical knowledge. In fact, many of the hackers started playing while they learned, and they actually became very proficient in different programming languages, communication protocols, etc. Today it is not necessary, and we have seen a recent case with Operation Butterfly, where the authors had very limited knowledge.

Women do not work in security companies

This assumption is also frequent, and false. The reality at Panda Security, for example, is very different: more than 30% are women, many of them hold positions in technical areas and in management. And it tends to grow, since more and more are the families that are adequately prepared for sectors such as computer security.

You can read more about it on the Panda Security blog.