Let me give you a few introductory thoughts on online privacy!
Your personal information can be sold or used against you in many ways. This makes your information valuable to cyber criminals and therefor it makes you a target. Protecting your personal information is of great importance.
The mass usage of smartphones, e-commerce, social media and general internet presence has lead to the huge increase of data collecting. This vast amount of data that gets collected by businesses is called Big Data and is of great value. Data is collected, analysed and processed by companies in order to gain insight on their customers but the increase of big data has also lead to an increase of data breaches and leaked personal information. Not only businesses realise the value of personal information, but also parties with less honest intentions do. This is why it has become so important for everyone to protect their personal identifiable information.
Generally described as Personally identifiable information, or PII, is any data that could potentially be used to identify a particular person. Examples include a full name, Social Security number, driver’s license number, bank account number, passport number, and email address. Millions of PII’s get leaked every year due to company breaches. It’s time to take action and protect your privacy.
It's Time - Take Your First Steps...
You need to be careful with how much personal information you share online since every piece of information can be used against you. Remember that everything that gets published on the internet stays there forever. Well, not everything, some things are actually removable.
Sharing things like your social security number, address, telephone number and credit card number puts you at greater risk of identity theft, stalking and harassment. The first thing i want you to do is to go through every single account you are signed up for and check the privacy settings. Make your accounts private so that your personal information can’t be found by strangers and remove images that may be compromising. Remove every account that you are not using, especially if the account has any type of payment means registered to it.
I like to make a habit of always unregistering from mailing lists i don’t need but that i’ve for some reason, intentional or not, signed up for. This way i can minimise the risk of being exposed to a phishing attempt.
Recent Cyber Security Breaches
These are just a few examples of huge data breaches and if you’ve ever used these services, it is very likely that your information is leaked and in the hands of someone you don’t know. This goes to show how easy your information can be stolen.