We live in a hyper-connected world and whether we are fully aware of it or rather lived without fully acknowledging it, each of us is part of this global network that connects us. Our whole life is available online, with just one click, people all over the world can access data. like the American Thomas Friedman states in his book:, our world is “flat”. Globalization has changed the way we live and we are all connected now. While this has many advantages and people can take advantage of reaching friends, business transactions or purchases just by clicking their keyboard a few times, there are also many disadvantages or dangers that we can be exposed to.
Of all the dangers that come with the new hectic online life, new born cybercrimes are arguably the most dangerous. Wired activities have led to the emergence of new forms of crime, such as cyber-attacks. South Africa is not immune to this, in fact cybersecurity is not a priority in this country and citizens are vulnerable to attacks. The government could improve security by introducing further legislation in this area and investing heavily in security measures. Until that happens, however, network users should be educated and aware of these dangers in order to avoid being attacked and feel safe while surfing the net.
Successfully hacking into our systems, programs or networks gives cybercriminals access to more information than we know. They have access to a large part of our lives, and once they master those facts, the consequences are many. With what they learn about us, lawbreakers can steal money or identities, manage our online accounts without our branding, steal data, and even force entire companies to shut down until they get what they want.
Even when dealing with transactions that are part of our daily lives, or do not appear to put us at risk, we must behave in a thorough and responsible manner in the online space. For example, the information that individuals give when they get a personal loan is no exception, people should check whether they are dealing with a reliable lender, entity or bank such as QuotesAdvisor when they apply for personal loans and that their terms are clear and secure.
Finally, we can mention one crime that is one of the most dangerous, or that has many negative consequences for those who are victims of it. We are talking about identity theft (see here). As said, knowledge is power, knowledge of its existence can help us avoid it. There are a number of ways we can become victims of this type of crime, for example financial, medical, tax or child identity theft. Thieves seeking the identity of people use the technology our computers provide to access, search and hack into computers all over the world. Social networks, which have not been around very long, are also a shortcut for criminals.
Recognizing the importance of being aware of the dangers that exist in the cyber world is without a doubt one of the best ways to surf the net in the safest way. We have yet to know how wide it is and how far it can continue to grow. Many experts are there to help, and also when dealing with online transactions and when it comes to providing important information about ourselves.
Last updated: November 30, 2021