The battle for your privacy is an ongoing one, a battle which plays out in marketing meetings, board rooms, and courtrooms. Companies have to weigh their customers’ needs and wants against the investment they make in their goods and services, while still meeting the government’s current regulations for protecting data and not infringing on citizen’s rights.
You’re sitting at a conference table, a work meeting fully underway. Your phone is next to your notebook, but never fear, you’ve turned off the ringer for this important company meeting. Even if a text comes in, it won’t disturb anyone.
Social media can be a mixed blessing. It’s a great way to stay connected with friends and family and to keep yourself informed. However, it’s also an open door for threats to your privacy, the opportunity to fall victim to a scammer, and worse, personal attacks from fellow users who may take issue with your posts. The knee-jerk reaction that so many of us feel about something we read online can lead to anger, threats, cyberbullying, and malicious targeting.
Keeping things private on social media might sound like an oxymoron. After all, some of the benefits of the different platforms are to connect with people around the world, to make new friends over shared views, and to engage with strangers in order to understand our differences. But if you’re not aware of the privacy pitfalls that each different platform carries, you may be inviting a threat to your security.
The world of social media is a truly great innovation thanks to the connectivity that it brings to all of us. But each platform functions in distinct ways, and understanding how to protect yourself from major threats is crucial to staying safe online.
There are tens of millions of smartphone users in the US, and if you asked them their feelings on having their phones lost or stolen, the reactions might surprise you. The obvious answers involve inconvenience or the expense of replacing it, but some users might list losing their phone right up there with fear of bodily harm. Why? As one teenager put it, “My whole life is in that phone!”
Smartphones have become—for lack of a better term—even smarter in recent years. The term once just applied to a cellular handset that could access the internet, but now many users are forgoing a portable computer because their smartphones are as capable as any other device.