If you have ever been on the Internet or used a computer, you have left data trails of the sites you have visited. Virtually everyone leaves behind a digital footprint and can be traced back to its user. In today’s world of evolving technology, almost every aspect of life is being connected back to the Internet. Our reliance on these technologies is only making our daily lives more available to the public. It is becoming increasingly apparent that a world that is interconnected through data, privacy is becoming harder to achieve.
This problem was made abundantly clear to the users of the Ashley Madison website. According to CNN, the extramarital affair website’s 37.5 million users are under the threat of having their information shared with the world unless they comply with the hacker’s requests. This is an effective way that hackers can hold a user hostage, but instead of ransoming a loved one or prisoner, it is information that is on the line. Ashley Madison users are only an example; for the average person this is an instance that would not influence their daily lives. However, there are countless other activities that an average person takes part in that could be used to harm, for example, driving. The recent experiment where hackers were able to take over the controls of a Jeep while a passenger was driving should be alarming to any of those who commute regularly. Since hackers were able to control the breaks of the vehicle, serious harm could be inflicted to anyone on the road. Since, according to USA Today, 210 million Americans are licensed drivers, this is an issue that affects almost everyone.
It is becoming a reality that now that everything is done online, we leave a digital footprint in almost everything we do, and this data can be used against us. The key is to recognizing that since everything leaves a trace, than we must be careful about what we post and what activities we choose to do online. Security that detects when our personal issues are being accessed is vital to keep privacy a reality. Effective security could prove to be the difference in being able to live your daily life without fear or being held hostage by it.
Live your life without fear.
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