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By: Tom Riddle
When was the last time you left home without your smart phone? If you have – at some point in time – chances are, you’ve become distressed and felt as you left behind a vital part of your life – something that’s usually essential for our survival. It’s funny how technology – especially information technology – is changing how we function in everyday life. Consequently, with information technology reaching new heights by every passing year, we are becoming more advanced as a society. Most people think that technology is all good, and no harm has come from it – at least none that they can actually see. In fact, folks who believe that their privacy is not being violated are either extremely naďve or may be retarded. In reality, privacy is dead – whether you like it or not – it’s true. If you are a facebook user, than facebook already knows everything about you. Where you live, who you are married to, where you work, who are your friends and relatives and what you like. Thus, whether you like it or not, it is likely that facebook knows more about you than your own mother, but life goes on, the world keeps spinning and you don’t have the power to change what has been done.
Who steals your personal data?
You may be thinking: what can criminals do with my personal data? Well, they can do some serious damage to your credit report. How? Simple, all they need is your full name, address, social security number and driver’s license number, which is really not that hard to gather. So, how do they gather such information? Easy, all the criminal has to do is either hack into your personal computer, or alternatively, use an old fashioned technique appropriately named dumpster diving. In dumpster diving, criminals ravage through your garbage bins, sifting through piles of rubble to look for credit card statements or better yet, your tax return documents – it’s a dirty job for the criminal – but the payoff is well worth the effort. Next, once the criminal is able to gather all the pieces to the puzzle – in this case all your personal information – he or she can apply for bank loans, credit cards and even conduct other crimes using your identity – if that doesn’t get your blood boiling, then you might as well be the next dalai lama.
Large corporations:
Large corporation love you, not your money – this is why they want to get to know you better – this statement may be true in a another worldly dimension, but in the real world, it is the other way around. So, let’s rephrase this statement: large corporation love your money, not you! Thus, by collecting your personal data, they are better able to entice you on the products you love – forcing you inner motivations to spend on things you truly love – resulting in you spending on potentially useless things that you really don’t need and items or services which you may not have any real use for.
How can you stay safe from e-crime?
1. Utilize software which can Password Protect Folder or folders containing sensitive information.
2. Shred all documents before tossing them in the garbage bin – use a cross shredder to ensure better security.
3. Use VPN to surf the internet, this will encrypt your online activities, preventing corporations from tracking your online activities.
4. Be careful about what information to share on facebook and other social media websites. The less information you’ll share, the safer you you’ll be.
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