With the recent revelations that Cambridge Analytica and other third-party apps harvest our personal data and use it for profit, the issue of online privacy has been brought to the fore again. Just how safe is your data online?
EvenFacebook itself scans the private messagesyou send through messenger. That a data breach could occur in one of the biggest social media sites should concern everyone and particularly parents since the job of keeping their children safe just got a little more complicated.
There is nothing new under the sun, and indeed a company’s need to protect itself from the dangers of would-be thieves has been an important issue for as long as companies have existed.
However, the modern age requires a wide-ranging understanding of where danger lurks and how that danger needs to be combated. Even intellectual property has historically been stolen, but now more than ever, that gives criminals the ability to lurk from the comfort of their own home.
We have all heard the horror stories when it comes to privacy and protecting your information online. So naturally, being smart about the information you put out into the world (and practicing good security) is always advisable. But some people take that too far and won’t put anything out there (online) at all.
Unfortunately, sharing zero information online can eventually have the same effect as putting out too much information! Both can make you vulnerable to different kinds of attacks online. So shoot for the middle ground - an online presence that you control.
How many businesses dealing with European clients are aware that the new Global Data Protection Regulation coming into effect on May 25th this year will affect how they store and deal with customer information?
The more connected companies become to the internet, the more hacks are taking place. Just in 2017 there were some whoppers. Equifax was hacked, which put the personal data of half of America online, Yahoo announced that three billion of their accounts had been hacked and even the NSA – which is supposed to be as secure as they come – had their toolkit exposed.
And those are the big boys. These companies have thousands of people working on their cyber security. So what can a smaller business do? I mean, sure you might not get international headlines but what does that matter if it turns out your entire company has been compromised?