Many people think the Internet is full of boogeymen waiting to jump them after every click. I think this is why so many users have trouble with computers. They don’t trust them. They’re convinced that one mis-click will end Social Security, start a war with Brazil, and all things chocolate will turn into vanilla.
There’s a widely-held belief that computers have this much power.
The truth is, the Internet isn’t all that bad. It’s actually the user that has all the power. Part of the perceived problem is caused by common sense (or the suspension of). Something happens where a user’s inhibitions go out the window while they’re online. It’s like their mouse is injecting tequila into their bloodstream, and after a while — WOOHOO!!! Anything goes! I’ll tell anyone anything!
The other part of the perceived problem is complacency. If you’re in your pajamas, in your office, or better yet — in your pajamas while in your office, you feel safe and secluded. Nothing can reach you there. You start getting lazy about update notices, stop reading things through before clicking on them…and then BAM! You’re nailed.
Vigilance is the key. There is no vacation from following safe practices. Just follow these twelve steps and keep yourself out of trouble: Continue reading “Twelve Easy Ways to Protect Your Online Privacy”