Consumer trust in the safety, security and privacy of internet services and protections is declining according to research conducted by Harris Interactive. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out why.
I am always happy to share answers to recurring questions I receive from people struggling with aspects of internet safety, security or privacy. Here’s another common question and response that addresses the battles so many parents seem to have with their kids and teens over ‘parental controls.’
On average teens now spend four hours and four minutes a day online. That’s a dramatic 37% increase from just under three hours a day that teens averaged a year ago according to newly released research by GfK[i]. That’s in addition to the time teens spend on other types of media ( like watching TV), bringing the average daily total amount of time teens spend with media to more than 11 hours per day, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics[ii].
Sometimes it seems the only way we learn is through making our own mistakes. This past week, “Sue,” a woman I know, had to learn the hard way that her online posts had unintended consequences.
I have spoken with a number of criminals who leverage the internet to commit their crimes, and the vast majority of them aren’t brilliant hackers, or even particularly smart. They just know how common actions that you take online can be exploited.
It’s no secret that what you post online can come back to embarrass you, get you fired, get you rejected as a potential employee or student, and cause all kinds of “drama” in your personal life.
Data Privacy Day is internationally heralded around the world every January 28th. Yet while privacy organizations and large internet companies host events each year, the vast majority of internet users are completely unaware of the day and its activities – and probably wouldn’t care about them even if they do know such a day exists. We’re far more likely to take interest in National Dress up your Pet Day(Jan 14th).
Now that the holidays are behind us and new devices have replaced the old, the question becomes “what should you do with the old devices?”
2013 was a tough year for privacy and security. Companies lost control of your data, the government took nearly unbridled access to your data, criminals targeted you directly for your data, and you likely gave away far too much of your own data without recognizing potential long term consequences of doing so. With that as a backdrop, I’d like to talk about what you need to know, and how you can protect yourself and your family better in 2014.
What do you do when you’re standing at the checkout counter and the salesperson asks you for your zip code or phone number? What about when an ecommerce site asks you to provide more information than strictly needed to conduct your transaction?