Being Online Requires Vigilance

When you go on the Internet, you’ve probably entered information for one thing or another; for instance, when you purchase something online you have to enter your billing address and credit card information. Or if you fill out a survey or simply browse around, cookies pick up the preferences you have in your searches and what they then do is find pertinent or relative information that the Internet uses for their bottomless pit of data.

Data privacy is important and knowing what the Internet has on you is equally hard to manage. First off you have to decide where you are going to look, how to scope out where they received the information from and delete the files when you find them. Owen Tripp San Francisco, United States, a Stanford graduate and a renowned Internet privacy and security expert has helped many people take control of the data the Internet has scourged up on them. He was the Chief operation office for Reputation.com. He now lectures on topics like security technologies and emerging threats, all of which have become very pertinent problems in today’s Internet age.

According to Microsoft, 67% of the public that uses the Internet feels that they are in steady control of their online profiles and information. In actuality it is a false sense of security; the Internet is a breeding ground for identity theft, information compromise, and theft of personal information like finances, bills, and privacy. In fact, to become digital citizens we need to have the same vigilance as we have in our offline lives. If you have any doubt about your data online simply search your name variations in search engines and evaluate your results. 37% of adults never do this again because the Internet can lure the uninformed into a a false sense of safety.

If you find information presented about you on the net that is not favorable or accurate you should then contact the person who posted it. But if there are literally thousands of copies of this information out there it can prove to be a daunting task. Take care to avoid these issues by following simple common sense steps while using the Internet, like varying your passwords, not sharing personal, private information with unknown sources, etc. If you run into a problem regarding your personal security, reputation, or information, you should take steps like retaining any more personal information that could be compromised, as well as handling the situation with care, promptly.

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