Staying Safe Online: Protecting Your Privacy

Staying Safe Online: Protecting Your Privacy

Privacy is a right everyone enjoys. However, the internet has provided a greater risk of that privacy being invaded.

The right to privacy is an issue plaguing Americans. When the founding fathers designed the Bill of Rights, they never explicitly outlined a person’s right to privacy. They did, however, allude to privacy within the fourth amendment, which states that everyone in the US has the right to be secured against unreasonable searches and seizures. Still, privacy is an issue many attorneys struggle with, especially in the digital age.

In the age of online banking, telemedical advice, and social media, it is easy for hackers to obtain information. Sometimes the victim is unaware until it is too late. They don’t know anything is amiss until they are responsible for accounts opened in their name without their knowledge or money is taken from their banking accounts.

Hackers Are Seldom Brought to Justice

Attorneys warn users that someone who has hacked information is less likely to be apprehended and prosecuted than someone who breaks into a home or business. These technical hoodlums can cover their tracks, making it virtually impossible for authorities to trace their movements. In some instances, foreign governments or even criminal organizations subsidize these hackers.
Clients need to be aware of how the internet works in order to protect themselves from identity theft. Despite removing information from the web, users need to realize that nothing is ever removed. With the correct combination of viruses, worms, and searches, any document is retrievable. In other words, what goes online stays there forever.

Tips to Stay Safe Online

There are ways to stay safe and still be connected online. First, attorneys suggest clients be very careful with what they share online. Never give personal information such as social security number, banking information, and date of birth via the internet.
Should a client receive an email requesting this information from their banking institution, be wary. Banks seldom ask for sensitive information in emails. Hackers can make the email request look authentic. Anyone who receives a request to change passwords or update an account from their bank via email should contact the institution immediately. A live customer service representative can verify the validity of the request.
In the event that a breach happens, attorneys suggest that clients keep track of all losses and take action to secure the platform that was attacked. Safeguard all assets and if online shopping is required, only use one credit card for this task. This limits the information loaded into cyberspace.