A short read on a few myths surrounding your safety and security while online. The bottom line is that you are responsible for your own safety and your own security. Government can do things to help, but the effectiveness of government efforts rely upon the efforts of private citizens in their day-to-day activities.
A followup on the article I posted yesterday…
This describes a presentation that was given during a security conference where the presenter went through the steps he took to obtain the data necessary to steal an identity. Not altogether easy he said, but there are tools available that make it simpler. Search engines themselves do a lot of the work.
Bottom line is that you must resist the urge to share personal information that we generally just don’t think of as personal. We try to be social and have fun but don’t always think of the risk. It’s easy to say “who would really want to steal my identity?” After it actually happens I don’t think that’s what you’ll be saying…
A short story:
A few days ago I recommended a software product to a friend of mine. I provided the web address to the product but later that day when he went to download it my friend couldn’t remember the exact URL. Being a pretty smart guy, he went to a search engine and punched in what he thought I told him to search for.
The end result was the ended up downloading a $50 program that didn’t do any more than the free program I recommended. He’s lucky though. At least the program did what the site said it would do.
Just because a site hits high in the search results or shows up in the “sponsored links” doesn’t mean that it links to a quality product. Placing a website in one of these key positions is related only to paying a few dollars to the search engine companies.
Be careful what you download and listen to that little voice when it tells you that “you may not want to click on that.”