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Internet Privacy Issues and Why Security Is Important

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Now more than ever, our digital footprints are experiencing exponential growth. The Internet of Things is a network that enables users to attain superior value and service by exchanging data. This benefits all of us, however, the benefits of the Web have come at some cost, one being the loss of privacy. Moreover, we are more susceptible to identity fraud and data breaches.


The threat from cybercriminals and hackers has increased; as our dependence develops, prospects for them to prey on us are boosted. Online data breaches have been in existence for as long as the internet has existed, but there is a risk that they may get to epidemic proportions; cyber fraud is among the fastest growing forms of crime in the world.

Why is internet privacy crucial?

Internet Privacy should be about the protection of sensitive and private information, at times called Personally Identifiable Information (PII), from inappropriate or unauthorized disclosure. Lack of internet privacy and ethics has a number of impacts:

  • It upsets the intended use of the Internet.
  • The reliability and integrity of computer-based information get destroyed.
  • The confidentiality of users gets compromised.
  • Wastes resources such as people’s potential and computers.

Internet privacy and online security are vital issues since they affect everyone who interacts online. With cases of cyberbullying, hacking and identity theft on the rise, it is apparent that joint responsibility is needed to minimize the risks.


A combination of individual and collective action is required. Internet privacy and internet security entail user education, technological tools, as well as administrative policies and procedures. It is the responsibility of organizations and individuals to protect users, data, and systems from a range of threats.

Personal Responsibility

Taking personal responsibility for online privacy and security is the essential element in stemming the tide of cybercrime. Simple steps that everyone can take include:

  • Installing anti-virus software on your PC.
  • Selecting stronger passwords.
  • Being careful when sharing sensitive data.
  • Using a VPN when encrypting data online.
  • Establishing Digital Home Security.

Due to the sheer volume of devices which are connected online, each of which tells a story about their users’ life and habits, internet security is a must and users must be savvy about the information they are sharing. The challenge for governments and law enforcement is one of governance; how do you police The Internet of Things? Probably with difficulty, this places all the more emphasis on personal responsibility.


 Source: This article was published getcujo.com

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