What surveys reveal about data security concerns:
Fresh research conducted by Harris Interactive which was commissioned by Dashlane, an organization specialized in managing passwords and private data discovered that Many Americans share a common concern, which being their personal data might have been accessed and used without them knowing about it. Purely estimated, the facts reveal that around 88% of American adults who were surveyed in 2008 said they were “concerned somewhat”, 29% said they were “extremely concerned”. Another related survey revealed that three out of five people showed great concern that their private data is susceptible to hackers.
John Harris, group manager for Symantec security reveals that users may be exposing more data than they believe, and this is something that they should really be concerned about. With social media now being a common phenomenon, your personal data is lying around for anyone to view or use.
Putting the puzzle pieces together:
It’s a matter of putting together pieces in a puzzle, in this case pieces are made from bits of information, and if enough data is gathered, it can become useful for cyber crooks. For example: you may have posted the month and date of your birth on you Facebook account, however, it can be easy to guess what year you were born in, provided you added other information on your facebook account such as your high-school graduation date. In a nutshell, you may think that the information you share with others isn’t really going to impact your privacy. However, a snippet posted here and a fragment of information posted there is an invitation for e-crooks to put the pieces of your scattered data together.
Social media sites can also reveal a great deal about your habits and personality, often times they’ll launch dictionary attacks, using names, verbs, letters in the dictionary to crack your e-credentials. That’s because they know that you’re not going to memorize a complicated password that includes letters, numbers and symbols. A simple experiment you can do at home, conduct a search on yourself on Google and see what type of information you can gather on yourself? You’ll be surprised how much detailed information may be available on your identity.
Stay Up to date:
Good antivirus software can end up saving you a lot of grief. Once purchased, keep renewing your membership and keep updating it regularly to make sure you are protected from hackers and viruses. If you have saved sensitive information on your PC such as e-statements or tax returns then lock and encrypt them with data security softwares. Such software is specifically engineered to keep your privacy secure from the likes of cyber-crooks.
Lie about your information:
Do you really need to tell everyone on Facebook or linked in where you live, work, and your date of birth? No, no one has a gun to your head, telling you add your real information. Sure, you may need to fill out the most accurate information when filing for tax returns or applying for a credit card, but those are the exceptions. For everything else, you are not obliged to provide your real information.
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