As we all probably know, the internet is filled with danger. On the internet, your private information can be stolen and leaked through data breaches or hacks. This information can be used for political agendas or sold to big companies.
In November 2018, Marriott International announced they had a data breach which affected over 500 million of their customers. They recorded that the thieves had stolen sensitive data. Similarly, in September 2016, Yahoo recorded the biggest data breach in history that involved their entire 3 billion users. If you are an internet enthusiast or someone that just loves surfing the web, you might probably be affected by data breaches. Moreover, several companies offer security on the internet. All you need to do is subscribe to their services. A lot of these companies boast of providing the best security with most telling you that your data is safe and there is no logging of activity which means, even if they are charged to court they will have no data to provide.
Although there is still an important question left unanswered. Are we truly safe on the internet with all these security companies and their services? To some extent. Yes! Some of these security companies provide real security to their customers that will definitely secure your data, but it is recommended you don’t rely solely on these companies. In internet security depending on a single technique is not enough because every technique has a loophole and no security is flawless. One technique that requires little or no technical literacy is being conscious of which websites you visit.
There are websites with ‘cheesy’ quizzes where they try to guess one particular attribute about you, for example, the Nametest website. What this website does is access your Facebook profile which means your whole information is now open to the third party giving room to your data been hacked. Other ways to increase your security are through the use of VPNs, anti-viruses that offer internet security, or cryptography, however, the later requires technical know-how.
Moreover, it can be agreed that internet security actually exists, but it also depends on your ability to be conscious of who and what you give permission to since these techniques can only do so much.