Modern society has changed extremely quick in a short time compared to the rest of human history. The digital age is in full swing, and the advancements we’ve made are absolutely staggering. Unfortunately, some of this progress happens so quickly that it can become exploitable.
Following the recent onslaught of privacy and data security-related legislation, in July 2018 Comparitech released a report intended to identify the best and worst states in the nation when it comes to online privacy (the “Report”). The Report is based upon numerous criteria, including, but not limited to, laws governing the manner by which companies are permitted to use and disseminate user data, laws that protect children, and whether warrants are required for legal authorities to access user data.
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.