The development of the web technologies penetrating every sphere of our life is, no doubt, making it more convenient and fun. However, there are certain dangers of virtual life in the beginning of the 21 century like the lack of the data being personal as we got used to see it.
Personal Data in the Web
The more active a user is in the web, the more digital footprints he or she leaves. Jessica Bennett, a reporter for the US magazine Newsweek, has carried out an interesting experiment. She asked a company involved in personal data protection in the web to find out all the data about her available in public sites like Facebook or LinkedIn. Hacking was not allowed. It took about 30 minutes of efforts of three specialists.
Actually, it is much Ms Bennet’s fault that her data are available throughout the web – she shouldn’t make as much personal data public. Though, more careful users can get into trouble as well. A research carried out by The Wall Street Journal proved that the top-50 US sites use about 64 spy technologies allowing malware to be installed to PCs without informing the users. Some sites are able to install about a hundred of various spy codes.
How to Protect Your Personal Data in the Web?
First of all, you should be careful and attentive. Use nicknames and change passwords at least once a month for the sites you provide your personal data for.
Don’t forget to use reliable software, helping to hide your personal data and prevent it from being stolen to provide data protection in the web.