Editor’s note: Diana Shafer joined the Year Up program following her passion for computers and technology and is currently an intern at Symantec as part of the Symantec Cyber Career Connection (SC3) program.
Growing up, I was always close to technology. I explored the vast world of the Internet from a young age. I created my first email account when I was 10 years old, but had no concept of acting safe online and signed up for numerous websites that promised free TVs and other cool prizes. It wasn’t long before I fell victim to phishing attacks and almost sent money to someone in Florida for a puppy.
As I got older, I started to see the repercussions of downloading dubious files and trusting everything I saw online. My computer speed came to a screeching halt as spyware and malware swarmed in and bogged down my system. I quickly…
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