If you’re one of the millions of individuals or businesses going online each and every day, you have plenty of company.
That said using the Internet means taking not only responsibility, but also some caution. While most consumers and businesses use it regularly without too many hiccups, others are not so lucky.
One of the downsides in today’s digital age is the fact online criminals are quite abundant.
Whether looking to steal consumer data straight from the consumer or via businesses having that information, the threats and dangers are real.
So, how does one go about making sure they are doing all possible to protect consumer and business interests online?
Privacy Truly Matters in Today’s Online World
So that you are better able to keep your world safe from online criminals, don’t take the following pointers for granted:
- Security – First and foremost, do you have a security program covering each and every move you make on the Internet? Unfortunately, many consumers (and some business owners for that matter) feel like they are immune to the dangers of the worldwide web. As a result, they can easily fall victim to online criminals and their devious actions. While there are many different online security software programs out there, trying to decide which one best suits your needs may be difficult. If that’s the case, check out LifeLock and the other options out there. When all is said and done, one of the available programs will best protect your online activities;
- Commonsense – How many times have you thought there is no way you (or your business if applicable) will fall victim to online criminals? Unfortunately, thinking one is totally immune from such havoc is taking things for granted. Protect you and your interests by thinking there is always a chance someone is watching your online activities. When you do that, you are more likely to avoid being the next victim of identity theft and other crimes, many of which are perpetrated online. Just as you hopefully use commonsense with your offline activities, the same needs to apply when using your computer, mobile device etc. Otherwise, you are setting yourself up for potential trouble.
Watching Your Online Footprints
- Tracks – As great as software security systems can be (and many of them are), watching your online footprints is a responsibility everyone using the Internet has. For example, do you casually pass around your username/password information from time to time? Even doing so among your family and/or friends can prove disastrous. Do your best to watch your online footprints, not leaving a door open for the online criminal who is intently watching;
- Accountability – Being a consumer, it is important you hold those businesses with your private information accountable. For instance, if you provide a company with your credit card data and/or household information (address, phone number, birthdates etc.), you expect it to be kept in the strictest of confidence. Whether a company is a new kid on the block or has been around for many years, they should know how important consumer privacy truly is. If one or more companies you deal with are not protecting your privacy, it spells two problems. For you, it put your identity in danger of being compromised. For the business owner, he or she can lose their credibility as a reliable company to deal with, something that can sink a business model.
Using Technology Appropriately
As the clocks turn towards 2017 in the near future, it is only predictable that technology will continue to grow.
That said using it to your benefit is in your best interests, be you a consumer and/or business owner.
Take the time to learn about how you can avoid becoming the next online criminal victim. There are plenty of stories (and many more tips) out there to consume.
In the end, protecting your online interests is something you should be driven by each and every day.