The Internet is a great resource for us all. This convenience can be detrimental to our privacy if we become careless with how we manage our personal information and online activities.
The Internet is a great resource for us all. We use it to communicate via email or chat, we post and share photos and message with friends on social networking sites such as Facebook or Twitter, and we also use it to look up information almost instantly. Its uses and potential are endless.We are able to connect to the Internet wherever we go: on our smartphone, at a local coffee shop, or an airport terminal with free WiFi hotspots. However, this convenience can be detrimental to our privacy if we become careless with how we manage our personal information and online activities. It leaves us vulnerable to identity theft and invasion of our privacy. When we visit web pages or log into our web mail or Facebook accounts, we leave behind digital footprints called cookies that can be tracked and traced back to us.Additionally, the use of public WiFi networks can leave us vulnerable to hackers snooping around our private information and trying to steal sensitive information like credit card numbers or bank account numbers. This is primarily due to the fact that it is a public network and the information that we transmit over them is unsecured.Here are some eye opening facts on identity theft that we should all consider:
This information was from Javelin Strategy & Research's "2014 Identity Fraud Report."Next you may be thinking, "Okay... so how do I protect myself online?"The fact is that we're not going to be able to have complete control over who is watching our activities online. But we can use the following steps to reduce our risks. The more educated we are on the tools and methods available, the more we are able to reduce the risk of identity theft, fraud, and spam.
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