How secure do you feel in the online world? Do you feel like your data is protected? Do you feel like there’s no possibility of any privacy issues? Do you think that it is only you and the person that you send messages to that see the content of the messages themselves? Depending on how you answer those questions, you may or may not be as safe and secure as you believe.
Think of a couple of situations where security suddenly becomes a top priority in your mind. If there is a digital intruder in your business’s secure server space, do you know what to do? Are you aware of what consequences there are for identity theft when someone gets a hold of your private data and uses its nefarious leg?
When it comes to business ethics, do you know what happens to your private information when you submit it to various websites? The more you ask yourself these questions, the more you recognize how important it is to protect your digital privacy at all times.
Protecting yourself from digital intruders is a big deal if you’re a business person. It’s one thing to have someone snooping around your data on your social profiles. It’s another thing to have a hacker get wandering around inside a business server where client information is.
Think of all the terrible news that you’ve heard about hackers getting into information that big corporations like Target or a big bank brand, and you start to recognize why some people get anxious about security and privacy in the digital world.
Identity Theft Consequences
Identity theft seems like something you don’t have to worry about too much until it happens to you. The minute that someone clears out your credit card because they’ve created a false profile of you, you understand the reality of the situation. If anyone gets a hold of sets of information like your driver’s license number, Social Security number, phone number, and current and previous addresses, there are ways that they can start chipping away at the system that protects you from fraud.
Business Ethics Issues
Business ethics are a funny thing. You may think it’s innocuous to sign up to do a survey on Facebook to see which cartoon character you most resemble. However, advertisers, profilers, promoters, and social media platforms can use this information as a compilation to do all sorts of manipulative things.
If a particular website doesn’t need to take your personal information, you may not question the reasoning behind it. Still, as that information circulates, it becomes hazardous as a way to identify you in different online contexts.