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Sins of Internet Usage: Usernames
Passwords are generally not available to anyone, but the user, while usernames are made public. It wouldn’t be difficult for someone who is computer savvy to find out a person’s real name. This may take a little effort, a few extra keystrokes and quite a bit of Googling. If the information is out there in cyberspace, it will eventually show up. Usernames can be traced to social media websites, public email accounts, discussion boards and user forums. Some people use the same username for all of their online experiences, and this makes them easy to locate.
Sins of Internet Usage: IP Address Tells All
Whenever people connect to web they leave behind a unique IP or internet protocol address. This address is identified and recorded, and stored in the clouds. Every time people log into their computer and visit a web site, their email information and other information is made available to various web servers. IP addresses are easy to trace. They quickly reveal which city and state a person lives in, and their internet provider. Computer hackers generally take this information and target their next victim.
Sins of Internet Usage: Mobile Transmission
Who would have thought that talking on a mobile phone can pinpoint your exact location? Most people don’t realize that every time they talk on their cell phone, they are leaving behind a trail that extends from one city or county to the next. Signal towers are located throughout the world. It does not matter where people go; their cell phone is able to pick up a signal. Remember the movie “Enemy of the State?’ When actor Will Smith was on the run, the government henchmen were able to pinpoint his exact location, through hidden transmissions. Bugs were placed in the heel of his shoes, in his belt, in his cell phone, and in his child’s toy. This type of high sophisticated technology is alive and well, and being used in real time. As people migrate from one location to another one, their cell phone is constantly sending off signals that bounce from one tower to the next. Newer model cell phones include GPS or global positioning systems.
Sins of Internet Usage: Malware is Actually Smartware
Visiting the internet has its perks and its dangers as well. Some people try to protect themselves and their personal information, by installing special software. They might not realize that it is actually the software they install, that they need protection from. Malware does not protect information, it actually steals information. Hackers and predators use malware software to infect a persons’ computer. The software performs a number of tasks such as record various web site visits, store personal information and download cookies and other spyware programs. All of these activities are usually done, without the knowledge or permission of the computer user. The program generally sends back a complete user history to the creator of the program. This allows the hacker of developer to evaluate and record the users’ various internet habits. Passwords, usernames, banking information and other relevant information are being stored on a hacker’s web server. Generally, installing an anti malware software program can protect such information, from falling into the wrong computer.
Sins of Internet Usage: Video Uploads
YouTube is a great site, and so is Facebook. Every time someone puts up a photograph, or make a video they are leaving behind some personal information and a large digital footprint. Making videos to sell or to share with others, may be very rewarding, but at what cost? Many people have gotten arrested or have lost their jobs, through internet usage. If criminals know people names and addresses, it will be easy for them to locate a picture, and create a fake identification card. Sometimes all people need is a face to go with the name.
Sins of Internet Usage: Online Chatting is not Private Anymore
Don’t say anything during an online chat that needs to be said behind closed doors. Chatting online is anything but private. People don’t realize that their conversation is being recorded or saved. They can actually log back into their account and see a long transcript of their conversation. This is true during any chat session, whether it’s personal or business. Chatting sessions never expire or go away. They are on cyberspace forever.
Once people put their information and images online, it becomes a permanent fixture. If someone likes what they see or what they have read, they will most likely save it to their web page or hard drive, so they can share it with others. This is how information floats around cyberspace, people sharing personal and private information with other people.
In the times we live in today, it is almost impossible to get pay a bill, talk on the telephone or look at television without compromising a small amount of personal information. Technology is great and digital technology is amazing, but it does not come cheap. People in general give up privacy, peace of mind and sometimes self respect, for the privilege of using the all mighty internet. Remember to follow the safety rules when using the internet or visiting strange websites.