DID YOU KNOW?
Cyber security began as a research project by a man named Bob Thomas. He realized that computer programs could move across networks. In the process, it left traces wherever it went. He created a program named Creeper. He designed it to travel between Tenex terminals on the early ARPANET. He had it print the message “I’M THE CREEPER: CATCH ME IF YOU CAN.” Ray Tomlinson, the inventor of email, liked the idea and modified it. He then was able to create the first ever computer worm. Then he wrote another program—Reaper, the first antivirus software. An early form of computer security software. Its purpose was to chase Creeper and delete it. Cyber security was a big concern during the early history of computers. Hacking to get sensitive, military information was prevalent back then. The Morris worm, created by Robert Morris was instrumental to this. He created it to test out the extent of the Internet. What happened instead was damage that was so huge that the Internet slowed to a crawl. This changed the way we look at Internet security for good. From this point on, viruses became more dangerous and spread far greater. Other types such as malware and ransomware appeared with deadly effect.
Today, people are becoming more aware of safe Internet practices. Anti-virus software became more robust with better detection rates and protection. Internet browsers had more security tools built into them. We live in a digital age in which "always connected" smart devices govern our daily lives. It is important now more than ever to be careful and wary of what we do on the Internet. One small and careless mistake can cause us a lot of security issues and breaches.