Web 2.0: The Next Generation of Thrills and Threats

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As might be expected, new horizons bring new threats.

As the browser and website world expands, so too do security risks that offer anything from Spyware annoyances and popups to viruses that damn the functionality of the average PC.

Recently, insiders have revealed that this new generation of Internet technology is growing so fast that it is outpacing the safety of security updates.

Web 2.0 is the common term used for websites that offer increased functionality and interactivity beyond simple HTML (no-flash) text. Undoubtedly, many of the pages who proudly describe themselves as proponents of Web 2.0 technology are making browsing a fascinating activity -- but what are the risks?

Most web security firms assert that a flood of special and entertaining features are leaving security behind, exposing unsuspecting users to a growing list of threats from Spyware goon conglomerates like Direct Revenue and Zango.

One of the central parts of Web 2.0 is the programming system Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (or AJAX). AJAX is at the cutting edge in allowing users to construct the flashiest and most entertaining sites, including the recently developed Google Maps.

However, AJAX itself could pose a problem for the average web user. Quite simply, the more applications offered by a website equals a greater spectrum of mischievous strategies available to hackers hoping to infest site visitors. (Source: news.com)

The new threats are particularly concerning as the industry's major corporations attempt to broaden browser availability. Microsoft recently announced its intent to bring the Internet to forums beyond the desktop, including televisions, cell phones, and gaming systems. It's all a part of Microsoft's expanding Live service, and it might be the one momentous technological shift ambitious hackers have been waiting for. (Source: zdnet.com)

The solutions lie with the same companies bringing us expanded browser and site functionality. Without a doubt, it is their job to protect as well as entertain.

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