Don’t be NAKED online

Naked??? We all feel shy when we hear that word but in electronic world there are people who go naked. What am I talking about? Posting pictures online? Something related to but not exactly, I’m talking about Social-Networking and Personal data threat. Almost everyone talks about this but who cares, nobody. As I used the word naked, before introducing dress: the security: What is personal data? What is social networking?

What is Personal-Data and Social-Networking:

Personal Data is simply a person’s details like place of residence, nationality, hobbies, and why not his little puppy’s sweet name too. Then what is social networking? Dictionary.reference.com says “The use of dedicated websites and applications to communicate with other user or to find people with similar interests to one’s own” May be this was the intention with which they created Social-Networking but they use these services today to share what they have, what they got, what they do and some other Personal Data, yes their details they have the right to share.

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The Risk of Sharing:

But this is it, “they can’t be naked just because it’s their body”. Their status today is “I want privacy, but I can’t stop sharing…”. Even it’s my own personal Data I should be aware of to whom I’m sharing and how much I’m sharing.

How his little puppy’s name could put him in danger? Will it? Of course it won’t unless it’s not his eBay account’s security question. That is the threat and that’s why they should dress up and should be smart online. Coming out of puppy to human, each and every single data we share online can turn against us.

An incident reported by dailymail, in July 2009 British secret service MI6 Head Sir John Sawer’s wife posted her holiday snaps on her Face-book page. Her privacy meant anyone in the “London” network could view her updates (up to 200 million people) her post revealed information including Family details, Personal photos and Location of their home. It’s her personal data which resulted in a National Security Risk

Feeling lazy to be secured:

Every online service which requires a password to use always prompts for a strong passwords also most sites indicates how strong is our password but still majority of people use their birthday, moms name, their partners name as a password. First step in hacking is guessing possible passwords and hackers try to login with simple personal details like birthday, favorite place and etc. This is where my about tab in face-book plays a handy role in hackers way just visit and all possible passwords are there, if I was so lazy to combine few numbers and characters, not related to me as my password then I’m out.

As Arbitron Research and Edison Inc published in 2013, Percentage of people Who have a profile on any Social-Network from 2008 to 2013 increased from 28% to 62% this shows how many people who are completely new to this. Most of their profiles are vulnerable not because they don’t have a proper knowledge about using this safely. It is because they don’t care when they share.

People who are looking for this kind of details such as terrorist, hackers and thieves will use this to steal money directly or trick their friends and family into supplying personal data. Blackmailing individuals and organizations may also could be possible. A person who can’t do this on his own can sell their identity or their organizations data.

There is a list of frauds related to online privacy threat such as Credit card fraud, phone and utilities fraud, bank fraud, employment fraud, government document and benefits fraud, and loan fraud this is a not a complete list but we should be able to understand how risky these personal data can be.

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By; Radini Welewewa

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