Importance of protecting yourself online
With the continued advancement of internet, millions of people all over the world spend hours surfing social media platforms on the likes of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, LinkedIn etc and in the course of posting articles, status updates, uploading videos and audios and pictures we tend to forget all about online security and the fact that there are prying eyes and hands just waiting to get a hold of our personal information. Today, with cyber theft on the increase, it is important not to overlook the need for security of your personal information.
Thing is, you need to be careful not just for your own privacy but for the security of your friends, family and even your work place in order to avoid the chances of falling prey to Internet fraud.
Some of the dangers of the internet include:
" Blackmail/money extortion.
" Exploitation of personal information.
" Credit card scams.
" Identify theft
" Banking theft
Let's face it, there are tons of mistakes/errors we make unconsciously while using the Web and these things increase our chances of falling Victims of internet fraud.
There is the use of unsecure WiFi networks, use of simple passwords which makes your online profile or mail easily accessible by anyone, not logging out from a website before handing out your mobile phone or laptop to a third party, making use of unsecure webmail account or using a work email account as your personal email, clicking on unencrypted links, etc.
Making a habit out of any of these puts your privacy at great risks without you being aware of it.
Whether you are working from home or in an office; avoiding those common online mistakes is a step towards reducing the risk.
It is extremely important you get into the habit of securing your private personal information online in order to protect yourself.