As wonderful as the internet is, it is also dangerous. I would say that every wonderful tool that man has created since creating has been used for both good and evil. In the same way, the internet is being used for both good and evil and I think the evil supersedes the good. Therefore, it is imperative for you as a user to protect yourself because there is really no body looking out for you when you get online.
In this article, we discuss some of the common threats that one is most likely to encounter on the internet and how to protect yourself from them.
When it comes to discussing internet security, most users believe they will never be at risk. Some say that they don’t use their emails for banking and so they are safe but internet threats go beyond money. It could be identity theft- where some other person would be using your particulars. Still think it can’t happen to you?? Let’s do some exercise:
- Have you ever Googled yourself to see what comes up?
- Are your computer’s security programs up to date?
- Have you ever uploaded your credentials and CV to the internet?
- When shopping online, do you check a website’s security
status before entering ATM card information?
- Have you customized your privacy settings for your
social networking accounts like Facebook, Twitter, and Skype?
To stay safe, it is advisable to consider the internet as a marketplace. It is a market place because it is not a dangerous place. We need to go there almost daily to shop, run errands, and meet people, but we also take precautions while there.
Just like you don’t leave your car unlocked when you park at the market, you shouldn’t let your private information unchecked on the internet. In the same manner where you don’t go giving everybody in the market your CV detailing your address, phone number and other vital information, it is imperative that you don’t do so on the internet.
Some of the things to watch out for on the internet are:
i) Ptivacy violations
ii). Undesired advertisements
iii) Embarrassing or humiliating photos or videos
iv) Cyber harassment or cyber stalking
v) Identity theft
vi) Offline or real-world crimes
vii) When you date online, do not send money for your date to come and see you. If he/she can’t come on their own, let it burn.
Good luck as you enjoy the powers of the Web!