It’s been a long time since I first realized that having technology right on our fingers is a quite powerful tool thing that we should use for something good. I ain’t gonna say exactly for doing what or what not, since everyone has their own interests. However, at some point our interests limits with our privacy. Until what exactly point you would share the things you search, receive or save in your different accounts? In this article I’m just gonna try to throw out all my thoughts and opinions about what I consider responsibilities implicit when we use 2015 services.
Internet, as you may probably know, is a bast, huge network of connected computers. The way they are connected differ a lot from ones to others and therefore, the way to access the information that resides inside’em varies too.
Not everyone is gonna be your friend.
The first thing you should take in consideration is that it’s not only about you and your friends those who make internet. May sound obvious, but the majority of internet users I know, miss the point that there are hundred, thousands of people out there that have set up computers to go attack others computers that may contain your private information. Said this, I’m assuming in the following examples, the worst possible scenario.
Protect yourself before being connected.
You’re at the office, go out of your desk for a break and you leave your computer unlocked. What is then the meaning of the password one IT guy have set for you? Ok, most probably nothing will happen the 90% of your breaks, but what about that precise day one of your envy mate tries to get some info on it.
There are tons of examples like this one. A USB bag becomes useless if its passcode is your birthday date. All your info get revealed when you go to the toilet and leave your non-secured phone on the table with tons of friend. Who did not suffer the joke of a friend that updated our Facebook status with something ridiculous after login in his/her computer?
Anyone can attempt to access your accounts whilst you poo.
Pretty self explanatory, though. Your password strongness measures how easeful you can be during that moment. Try to avoid common passwords, share them between accounts. A good practice would be to memorize a random generated password for at least your most important services like email, social networks etcetera, and to use two or three different ones for less important accounts like forums.
Mind the gap, and mind your fingerprints.
I bet you wouldn’t expose your 800€ iPhone at the top of a skyscraper window, may be unsafe. Well, login in certain places, computers or networks may expose your sensitive data. Although it is not a common issue for mid-internet users, remember it is also a 2015 responsability, to check an have certain control over who you are in internet. The companies are checking our profiles, articles, opinions, and so son on the network of networks probably right after read up our CV applying for a vacancy and, based on my experience, this last part may have more weight than the CV itself.
2015 is almost here and it’d be great to follow some considerations and cautions whilst using technology from here onwards. It is on our pockets, livingrooms, bed-tables, wrists… checking and collecting every movement, sound or gesture we do. Try to do your best for keeping your second being as safe and sound as yourself.