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The Oct. 22 special report related to the digital divide was most helpful and interesting. The Post made a clear case for making sure that the digital divide gets smaller and smaller in the United States. It is important to make the Internet more accessible to non-users, such as the elderly and those with financial challenges. 

However, I was disappointed that nowhere was any mention of the major security challenges faced by those who use the Internet. If the head of the CIA can be hacked, so can every user. If a large foreign government can steal the detailed security clearance application data for 22  million Americans being stored on U.S. government computers, should any user, new or experienced, have an expectation of security and privacy on the Internet?

We must introduce newcomers to the Internet’s many dangers. Spyware and phishing attempts are far more likely to succeed in hurting newcomers than those more accustomed to the constant onslaught of dishonest hackers eager to steal passwords, identities and access to bank accounts.

The Federal Communications Commission, other government agencies and schools must be willing to initiate and support campaigns to promote and increase sound security practices by all, and especially those new to the Internet.

Geza Serenyi, North Potomac