With billions using the internet daily, it’s important to remember that everyone’s intent online is different, and may not be in line with yours. People may not be who they say they are. So trusting blindly can get you in trouble, and sharing information can also get you in trouble.
72% of mobile users have concerns about their mobile phone privacy. Are you one of them?
Concerns around mobile phone privacy have risen in the last year. It’s no surprise that the areas of mobile usage that cause the most concerns are shopping, social media, online banking, emailing and not far behind those, mobile apps. Well my goodness – that just about covers everything that you can possibly do on a mobile! So basically, you’re worried about something every time you pick up your phone; now that really can’t be a healthy way to live.
Recently, Microsoft released a study which details how we, the public, deal with the intersection of privacy and online life. Participants in the study were HR managers, 2,500 consumers and recruitment professionals in the UK, the US, Germany and France. The results showed that there is still a massive disconnect between people’s fears around privacy and their behavior online, and that education is needed to increase awareness of online privacy security and privacy online.
This is one major internet security issue that you need to know about. At the end of January, forty-five different organizations asked Skype to come clean about the real deal with Skype privacy. Is it private or not? Is it possible that governments and organizations could be monitoring your Skype conversations?
Some weeks ago we were talking about what security lessons we’ve learned from 2012’s tumultuous malware and hack attacks. But with devices such as smartphones and tablets becoming ever more prevalent, cybercrooks are on the lookout for new ways to steal data, and with many users slow to adopt security measures for their new devices, it’s more important than ever to be aware of the nature of new threats.