It wasn’t until I read a recent article by Da`nielle Nicole DeVoss and James E. Porter called “Why Napster matters to writing: Filesharing as a new ethic of digital delivery” did I realize just how connected we all really are through the internet. In the article, the two talk all about file sharing and the way files are transmitted from one computer to another over the Internet. Something that we KNOW happens, but we often don’t realize the severity of it. With the ability to be connected like that to so many people (anyone really) from all over the world, its no wonder identity theft online has become an issue. It almost seems.. easy?
I Recently posted this on twitter using the hashtag #tfebt (tweeting from everywhere but twitter) and article with tips and reminders about protecting yourself from online identity theft:
The first thing I noticed about the article (which really is a small poster with information on it) was the weird/random comment about Canada and the increased identity theft and online shopping. Maybe this isn’t such a bad thing..
No but seriously..
I thought it was a strange bit of information to open with, however, the article gives good advice and pointers to help maintain your privacy and security while online. It talks about social media, passwords, email, and even wi-fi. All of these things we deal with on a daily basis and in fact have become a common everyday part in our now technological lives.
Think about it, what do we even have regular mail for anymore? Even the old school way of mailing in the payments for your bills is beginning to go out the window. We use email daily for multiple forms of communication. A lot of important information is given through email, especially when it comes to online shopping. We often receive shipping and receipt information through email which can contain some pretty hefty information we wouldn’t want anyone to get a hold of. As complicated as it may be, it’s important to make sure you create a complicated password for all of your information. This simple preventative step will go a long way in keeping your information safe.
Fishy Scammer Websites:
People are sneaky! You’ve seen the television show..
Michael Welsh even mentions it in this YouTube video “An anthropological introduction to YouTube,” authenticity is hard to come by on the internet. People are constantly pretending to be someone their not, for whatever the reason. But really.. isn’t that the beauty of the internet? However, some people have more evil intentions then others. It’s important to remember that people create fake emails and create ways to get people to visit their scamming websites, which may look a lot like the websites we all know and love! Remember not to give your password away for any reason no matter what website asks for it.
This is something we often don’t think about. Well, at least I never thought about it.. I’m always on the search for someones free wifi! Especially if I’m out at a store or away from home. But open wifi is dangerous. Its numerous people functioning under the same connection who can get hold of your information. NO ONLINE SHOPPING IN PUBLIC.
It’s important to protect yourself on social media, especially sites such as facebook. You often see many of these sites, including yahoo, other email/search engine type sites, asking for phone numbers as a better way to “keep you connected”, or to “ensure your privacy.” Social media is exactly what it’s name suggests, social. Whether you think your considered private or not under the terms and conditions of these websites, it’s never a good idea to post personal information such as your phone number or address.
Let’s wrap it all up: THE CELL PHONE
honestly.. the smartphone, is a mini computer. Anything internet related that you can do on your computer, you can do on your cell phone. I personally even pay some of my bills online through my cell phone. I can access my bank accounts through an app on my cell phone. I’m fully logged in and ready to go on every social media website there is, right on my cell phone. I can even access every bit of email from my 4 email accounts, ALL ON MY PHONE. Many people can run their entire business all through their fully functioning smartphone. It only makes sense that you would put a passcode and lock on your smartphone. This is alarming:
It’s important for us as avid internet users to be aware of all of these things. Especially the way technology and the internet is advancing more and more today. We all think it will never happen to us, however.. you never know until it DOES happens to you.