The Internet Safety Issue
The world wide web, having been embraced by practically the entire world, has turned into the easiest to join, and fastest growing communal network in history.
Considering this yet growing network has more than a billion everyday people involved, it is therefore no surprise to find that the criminals have jumped on board, also. Therefore, you must exercise caution when using the internet.
The world wide web is the easiest way for criminals to prey on you and your children. This is due to the overabundance of on-hand information. Without a doubt, you can find information on almost any subject imaginable.
Ordinarily, these web sites are a great educational tool. Unfortunately, at the same time this includes information on: making or buying and selling weapons; making, growing, or buying and selling drugs; how to easily ripoff everyday people; how to easily hack websites; and on, and on, and on.
Let us not even begin on those sites that glorify these anti-social activities. Beware the web. Maybe, we should start calling it – the dangernet.
Frequently we hear in the news about victims of adult predators, luring their victims through the web. This is achieved by these creatures entering social sites, disguising themselves as children or teens, employing sympathetic conversational tricks to lure their victims, posting false photographs, personal information and the like.
These predators build a safe and inviting atmosphere for children, who in turn fall into their trap. If this is not noticed and caught before it becomes serious, then it is harder to protect the child before he or she gets hurt.
Dating sites can also provide traps for the vulnerable. Preying on the lonely and sometimes desperate people in need of company, many folks ending up fleeced of their saved funds by these parasites.
In today’s internet world, identity theft is additionally a big issue. Bearing in mind that so much is done on the net now, we depend on it for paying our bills, shopping, opening credit card accounts, and staying in contact with everyone we know.
The majority of us blithely enter all our personal information on websites, including, but not limited to, address and contact info, credit card numbers, bank statements, social security numbers, et al. This information in the wrong hands, can destroy your life.
A skilled hacker could acquire all your sensitive information, not only taking all your money, and at the same time leave you with an enormous debt and or, destroy your credit rating. Also, your personal standing in the local community can be ruined.
As there are of course just so many websites out there, policing them all is an impossibility for authorities. Needless to say, whether we like it or not – many people are just gullible. It is possible to find individuals still being caught by the Nigerian email scams.
In order to make it safer for us and our children, there are products available that supply internet protection, including parental controls and internet filtering software. Likewise, it is easy to find programs available to prevent anyone from being able to hack your computer and obtain your information.
A censorship on some of the subjects that are available to us on the web, indeed, won’t work. Certainly the are parental control programs, however, for the general adult public, censorship will be seen by the majority as a violation of our rights.
As a society we are already jaded by what we see on television and, we need protection from the people that use cyberspace to create an unsafe setting for the rest of us.
The reality, is that society as a whole, won’t fix the internet safety issue. It is up to the individual to address each situation as they see fit.
What can YOU do?
- You can ramp up the security and content rating of your browser.
- Always make sure that you have antivirus installed on your computer – AND that it is up to date.
- Run spyware and adware programs on a regular basis.
- Run computer cleaning programs regularly.
- Use parental control programs.
- Make sure everything is password protected.
A quick check with google will give you the addresses to acquire all of these types of programs and, quite a lot of them are actually free.
- Do not open emails with attachments from anyone you don’t know.
- Do not, for one moment, believe those emails giving you money.
- If an internet site is offering something that’s “too good to be true” – it probably is.
A lot of this all comes down to caution when using the internet and, common sense. Unfortunately, common sense is not all that common.