You can’t protect your privacy if you don’t know what you need protection from. We’ll cover the specific online threats you need to watch out for today:
You hear it all the time: The internet is not a safe place.
From foreign hackers to suspicious websites and emails, it’s becoming easier to get access to your most private—and valuable—information online, even though we’re all supposedly becoming wiser to our security vulnerabilities.
Hacking is now a household word, partly because new tools to get the job done faster are becoming more available. Plus, these techniques are becoming so efficient that users with even the most basic skills can accomplish hacks with damaging effects.
Most people believe they’re protected because they have a standard version of antivirus software that came pre-installed on their laptop five years ago. Don’t be this naive.
The key to protecting yourself from online threats is arming yourself with information about them. Then you’ll know how to stop them before they harm your life or business.
Believe us, when a hacker knows your weaknesses, or the security holes you never bothered to patch or update to fix, they’ll totally use this intel to their advantage. You should be just as informed about what they can do.
These are the most common online threats you need to worry about. READ MORE “The Most Common Online Threats You Need to Worry About”
Everyone expects mobile payment apps to be more secure than they really are. Are you sacrificing privacy at the price of convenience? Learn more:
New research numbers show that more than 25% of US smartphone owners use mobile payment apps at least once a month.
You may do all of your banking on a mobile app, or pay your credit cards with one or several. Maybe you even use peer-to-peer payment apps such as PayPal’s Venmo to pay the babysitter, or buy your morning coffee with the Starbucks app.
Apps like these make it convenient to manage all of your personal finances right in the palm of your hand. But would you still love your on-the-go convenience payment apps if they came at a steep price?
Well, actually, they do. No, we’re not talking about usage fees, though those certainly exist; we’re talking about risking your privacy and online security.
The truth is, mobile payment apps are way less secure than we’ve been led to believe. We’ve been trusting these apps with our most valuable and private information—bank account numbers, credit card security codes, etc.—but what if we’ve been living in a fool’s paradise this whole time?
Oh wait! We have… READ MORE “The Hidden Dangers of Mobile Payment Apps”
Hackers grow stronger and more sophisticated every day. Are you protecting your information as fast as they’re learning how to steal your data? Learn how:
Have you ever been the victim of cybercrime or identity theft?
Larry Ponemon, head of the Ponemon Institute, an independent research group focused on privacy, data protection, and information security policy, tells CNN:
“If you’re not a data breach victim, you’re not paying attention.”
Cybercrime is happening all the time, whether you realize you’re a victim or not.
See, certain hackers can drain your bank account or make fraudulent purchases on your stolen credit cards, which is easy to spot. But other more sophisticated hackers have the ability to collect your private data, breach major companies, steal your identity, and get you in a mess of financial trouble.
Since most of us are still going to shop online—and we’re definitely not going back to brick-and-mortar banking—it’s crucial to know how to protect your most private information.
Sure, you may already have super strong passwords, but that’s not enough anymore. Take these 5 security measures today if you want to keep your data secure online. READ MORE “5 Security Measures You Need to Take Online (Strong Passwords Aren’t Enough)”
We’re now in the age of the personalized web. Customized app and browsing experiences are now the norm. The question remains: is this actually a good thing?
Isn’t it wonderful that you can search for something on your browser, or smartphone, and have the perfect result displayed there right at the top? No poking around, no digging, just the exact thing you were looking for every time.
Talk about a timesaver. It’s like having your best friend around 24/7.
But this might not be as great as it seems. Like anything, the increasing personalization of the web does have its drawbacks. None of us wants to spend hours searching for a recent news story, or a random fact to show our friends, but when personalization begins to form our opinions for us, it’s something we need to examine further.
Below we dive into what Internet personalization actually is and the far reaching effects it may have on our digital and physical lives. READ MORE “Is a Personalized Internet Actually a Good Thing?”
Do you feel like social media might actually be making you unhappy? Your hunch might be right. We explore why and give you a few remedies inside.
We’ve all been there. It’s 1am, you need to get to sleep, yet your thumb just keeps scrolling down the newsfeed. With each scroll, your self worth declines, and you feel worse and worse about yourself until you finally drift off to sleep.
Or, how about this one? You finally have a free moment during the day. You’ve been fairly productive, have produced some good work, skipped the fries and had a salad instead…and you even squeezed in a morning run. Yup, you’re feeling pretty great about yourself. But then disaster strikes.
READ MORE “Social Media Is Making Us Miserable: Here’s What You Can Do About It”
We’ve slowly transitioned from living, breathing humans into nothing more than a set of eyeballs advertisers can buy. How did this happen? We explore in this post.
Every single second you are being sold. Did you feel it? Maybe not. Because it’s subtle. And we’ve grown used to it.
Your attention currently powers the greatest corporations of our time. Most of the current innovations across Google, Facebook, and other internet giants are funded by our eyeballs. Our focused attention.
These giant networks sell our attention to advertisers who then sell us products that are based upon the data these companies provided them. How else do you think the sidebar ads that keep showing up are strangely compelling and begging you to click?
Below we look at why advertisers are battling over our attention and what we can do to protect ourselves from this raging war. READ MORE “Your Attention Is Being Sold to the Highest Bidder: How We’ve All Become Products”
As a parent, it’s important for you to take your child’s online privacy seriously. Inside, we illustrate why—as well as what you can do to improve it.
Kids are connected to the Internet and using smartphones and tablets at an earlier age than ever before. As a parent, this only adds to your list of things you need to manage and stay on top of.
Sharing personal information about your children freely and letting them browse the web with wild abandon will only lead to problems later on.
Below we illuminate why protecting your children’s digital sovereignty is your responsibility, and give you a few ways you can help to mitigate the negative consequences of Internet and social media connectivity from a young age. READ MORE “Why Protecting Your Children’s Online Rights Is Your Responsibility”
Posting unsavory things on social media can end up costing you your job, and diminish future employment choices. Inside, we show you what to avoid.
We’re all prone to sharing and saying things we wish we never did. It’s hard to be on our toes 24/7 and consistently say the right things. And, with the advent of social media, our means of expression have only grown. We can now share our opinions and thoughts with the world anytime we wish, and that can bring about a host of new problems of we aren’t careful!
READ MORE “How Your Public Venting Can Cost You Your Job, and What to Do Instead”
What we think we share privately isn’t actually private. In this post we explore the concept of online privacy, and if it actually exists today.
A lot of us have Facebook messages, text messages, and emails that we hope will never see the light of day. Not that these messages are incriminating, but if they got out, it wouldn’t reflect well on our public reputations. READ MORE “Why Your Secrets Are No Longer Secrets”
Failing to protect your online privacy can lead to a number of consequences. We examine the real reasons people don’t protect themselves online.
Every couple of months, issues surrounding online privacy seem to bubble up in the news. But after the news cycle passes, any interest in the subject comes to a halt. It seems like people truly want to be interested in their online privacy, but it’s either too much work or they simply get bored talking about the subject.
Whatever the reason, most people don’t care about online privacy until they’re caught up in an issue that could have been prevented by being more cautious online.
READ MORE “5 Reasons No One Seems to Care About Online Privacy”