I am crossing paths more frequently with those who have decided to adopt a bit of an “anti-Internet” posture in their own lives. I know several people, for example, who have begun to turn their backs on social media. For them, the novelty of platforms like Facebook has worn off, and they no longer feel the need to share so much of their private lives with everyone on a real-time basis.
Most of these folks still use the Internet, of course, but the point is that when it comes to online safety, we are usually our own worst enemies. I have long been a supporter of the philosophical notion that it is laughable for us to be so concerned with government snooping, when we so often display…voluntarily and enthusiastically…large pieces of our private lives in cyberspace for all the world to see.
There are really, then, two levels to Internet safety: The first level is being a good steward of your own security, and that of your family’s, by simply limiting your exposure online. If you are a high-profile person (or seek to become one), that can be more of a challenge, but assuming you are not, you have it pretty easy in this way – you are afforded the luxury of remaining secure largely by keeping yourself, and your information, out of public view.
The second level of safety, once you’ve done your best at the first, is to go the extra mile and avail yourself of the options now available to help further secure the online activities in which you do engage. To that end, a resource you should certainly find helpful is an ebook called The Patriot Privacy Kit. It provides a wealth of useful information on how to stay safe online, including how to secure your computer hardware and software platforms, how to be a good steward of your all-important passwords, and how to use email more securely. This ebook also looks at what you need to know to be safe as a regular user of social media, including the ubiquitous Facebook, and also includes great information on how to secure your sensitive information offline (even in this “Internet age,” most ID theft still takes place that way, from the compromise of documents in a physical form). Something else - The Patriot Privacy Kit comes with a fantastic money-back guarantee, which means you can read and use the information through and through…and if you’re still not satisfied, you can get all of your money back, with no fuss.
Almost all of us use the Internet now. However, any risks associated with doing so can largely be eliminated by sticking with the two-level approach to staying safe; first, share as little as you can get away with sharing, and, overall, use the Internet as infrequently as possible. That’s the first step. From there, incorporate all of the strategies and tactics you can to make what time you do spend online as safe and secure as possible. To that end, if you want to learn more about The Patriot Privacy Kit, Click Here.
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr.