Privacy by definition is a state of being free from public attention. Everyone wants their private life to be in secret and not talked about in public. Protecting privacy has been a constant effort in the past as well as in the present. However in the pre-digital age, gossiping was common and it was celebrity gossips that created buzz. If there were any privacy violations it was the rich community who experienced the loss and paparazzi was the medium. In the present digital age, paparazzo is replaced by the internet and has larger global audience accessibility. Having said this, anyone could become a target as technology is used by one and all. The internet has made everything easy and vulnerable.
The precautions that people take in person may not be the same when using the internet. Online users are falling prey to internet companies who are pursuing their personal information. Certain internet companies are making good profits with the information we provide. This is happening because we are giving less importance to our personal information when online. In this regard, teenagers are at a higher level of risk when sharing their or others personal information online. Social networking sites have made it easy for people to access read and share information. Privacy issues have proved fatal to a person’s reputation.
In this present digital age, our information builds our character and reputation. People are ready to believe what is posted online rather than verifying its authenticity. The problem is that certain social networking sites do not verify the authenticity of information and hence there is no restriction to post any false and misleading information about anyone online.
Teenagers are mostly prone to internet privacy attacks. Hence it is required that parents at home and educators at school teach about protecting one’s privacy. As parents you need to teach your child on the importance of protecting personal information. They need to be protective about personal as well as family details. Online hackers are in pursuit of personal information of online users and sell it to internet companies for profit and we have no idea what these internet companies can do with our information.
You might receive a call from a bank where you don’t hold any account checking whether you need a credit card, or talk about some loan offers. You might be wondering how the person on the phone got your details. This has become a common practice these days. We tend to take this practice casually, but we don’t assess the way our information is used or misused. Let’s see some areas where our information could be captured.
You give your credit card details at the fuel station, shopping malls when filling gas or making some purchases. You provide your details to participate in a lucky draw. You are asked to fill a feedback form at the restaurant after completing your dinner. You provide details for online purchase. Shopping malls ask you to become a member and take your details. These are some common practices and the fact is there are many and not so common ones which lure people in giving out their personal information.
Hence verify before providing personal information anywhere both online and in real world. When online know their privacy policies. Avoid when necessary, if not verify and then provide personal information.