Information Technology has been put up in our society and they have one way or another help to improved our lives. Internet connectivity leverages our productivity to accomplish our tasks like using Office365 and Google Workspace.
Internet data rise up in a very fast phase compared to the previous years, especially in this COVID19 pandemic.
Traditional media turns into streaming, shopping center upgraded to e-commerce platforms, cashless payments, learning management portals for schools, while social media and video conferencing move to the next level.
But the question is:
How safe are we, giving away our personal information for free on these online platforms?
Years back, the unveiling scandal of Facebook during the US elections are in the midst of the community.
As reported, the US Federal Trade Commission has been investigating these allegations against Facebook about the shared information that belongs to millions of registered users.
“I started Facebook, and at the end of the day. I’m responsible for what happens on our platform. I’m serious about doing what it takes to protect our community. While this specific issue involving Cambridge Analytica should no longer happen with new apps today, that doesn’t change what happened in the past. We will learn from this experience to secure our platform further and make our community safer for everyone going forward”, Mark Zuckerberg stated in his Facebook post.
Everything from web browsing, mobile applications, and IoT devices installed in your homes might have the potential to exposed your personal privacy if you haven’t put security rules on it.
As much as possible, we must at all do whatever we can to safeguard our personal information.
Data breaches through phishing can provide bad guys enough to get your personal information and online accounts in many ways.
According to reTruster reports, SMEs spend thousands of dollars a year for security upgrades while 60% of the Americans say they or a close family member have been victims of a security scam.
“Privacy means peace of mind, it means security, and it means you are in the driver’s seat when it comes to your own data,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “Our goal is to create technology that keeps people’s information safe and protected. We believe privacy is a fundamental human right, and our teams work every day to embed it in everything we make.”
These data breaches grow as many people shared information online and around 1.5 million new phishing sites are created each month.
Scammers are rapidly targeting your credit cards, giving you invitation links, online recruitments, email phishing, and pyramid scamming.
“Tech companies are using the word privacy a lot these days.”
“What do they mean when they say it?”
“To one company, privacy means keeping your information between you and your device. To another, it means knowing who in your social network can see the stuff you post. And to a third, it’s just a setting you can toggle while using their services. They all want you to think they can be trusted,” a statement from Mozilla, a Firefox maker.
How to Protect your Data?
First thing, check who you’re dealing with and look for information about how they handle your personal information online.
Do not believe in promises of easy money or returns easily.
Think twice before entering an online contest operated by unfamiliar organizations through pop-up links or unsolicited emails.
Make sure to safeguard your devices by putting security rules and privileges.
Lastly, beware of dangerous downloads and as much as possible reduce your digital footprints online.
Technopreneur. Foodie. Traveler. A Mozilla Representative in the Philippines particularly interested in earth science, cybersecurity, cloud services, market research, data visualization, and analytics.