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How to Maintain Digital Security

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Jeff Zod is an Information Technology expert.He enjoys developing software, surfing the web, hacking, and securing computer systems.

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Is the technology we use in our daily lives making us insecure?

You are kidding yourself if you think you are safe from a data breach. There are no firewalls high enough to keep hackers away from your personal information. If you have bought airline tickets, booked a hotel room, ordered food through a fast food service, or innocently kept in touch with someone through social media- the chances of you being a victim of cybercrime are exponential.

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Imagine being one of 500 million people who were Marriott hotel guests whose credit card information, passport numbers and physical addresses were stolen from the Starwood database and sold off on the black market. Or as one of Aadhaar’ 1.1 billion victims who had their photos, physical addresses, as well as other personal information stolen by hackers on the internet.

Who knows what schemes criminals are plotting with your personal & credit card information openly exposed like that?

It is not safe to rely so much on technology

We can’t escape how the current state of the world revolves around technology. This has made us susceptible to a form of crime that used to be a mere telephone trick.

With the rapid advancement of how much we can get done with just the tip of our index finger, our secrets are slowly becoming a commodity. You definitely wouldn’t want your data sold on the dark web to some peddler with much darker intentions. Identity theft & email phishing scams are among these intentions.

Your digital security is really in your hands given the shortcomings of most companies with user information management. This guide will keep you from the infuriating lack of accountability these companies take to ensure your safety.

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Why you should invest in digital security?

Leaving users to take their security into their own hands is a norm for most companies who have faced data breaches- or are at risk of one. All is well for them, as long as it doesn’t affect their public image or their stock. Marriott only took a 4% decrease in the stock market. That incident just grazed their revenue. Verizon’ loss is just about as mild at 10% in their 2015 breach. See the point here?

What is cybercrime?

Cyber-crimes gained massive popularity in the 1970s when hackers started tricking people to hand over their information that would allow them to hack into their personal computers.

The worm was released in 1988 from an MIT computer. Since then, variations of it as well as other intrusive developments have been developed to take advantage of people’s information. The risks associated with using online tools, applications, and web-based platforms are increasingly becoming data theft hotspots. This has prompted the employment of measures to protect the confidentiality of data.

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There are regulations and guidelines set up to protect and manage the risk implicated on a business’ sensitive information in a data breach scenario. However, security is breached if we do not maintain an ethical standard as directed by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

How does Digital Security aim to keep you safe from hackers on the internet?

Digital security refers to the act of protecting our online identity from external intrusions. Mostly cyber-criminals. Modern technology comes with new security features and loopholes that are prone to cyber-crimes. Cyber-criminals have advanced their techniques by learning about how digital systems work. Their aim is stealing information from online users for their maliciously earned personal gain.

Most digital tools, systems, platforms, and software used to protect user data fall under the digital security framework. Some of the tools include antiviruses, web services, and biometrics. Backup programs and other systems offer the security of information.

As an advocate for these new developments, biometric devices are used to authenticate the identity of the original users by analyzing morphological features such as fingerprints, voice, and facial recognition among others. Biometric systems have a wide range of use but the main concept is to secure users personal data on the internet.

Digital security’ role in tackling ethics and privacy issues

In the digital world, the concept of ethics focuses on the connection between the processes of creating, organizing, dissemination and the use of information in such a manner that we do not interfere with the moral codes set by societal constructs. Society operates under certain moral codes that digital system users often violate.

The digital systems allow faster creation and dissemination of information from one person to the next.

Online platforms such as Facebook and Instagram have exposed users to risks of cyber-bullying.

Research studies show how loopholes encourage unethical conduct which accompanies every new development in the field of technology.

How cyber-crime has compromised privacy

Information breach is the most crucial threat that many organizations face. The element of users' privacy is often missing when it comes to the conduct of several other users with whom we share a communication platform with.

For this reason, software developers keep working on how to maximize security by investigating new models of authentication that go beyond the use of passwords and biometrics to fight hackers on the internet. Users can achieve a hundred percent privacy when all the other users abide by the ethical standards.


Unethical conduct within an organization can be a more formidable threat to that organization. For instance, healthcare organizations keep confidential information, patient medical records that are valuable for research and for patient treatment. Therefore, IT experts design security codes that are only accessible by a few responsible individuals to prevent valuable information from reaching the wrong people.

Restoration of ethics & what you can do to keep yourself safe from cyber-attacks

Due to the rise in cyber-attacks by persistent hackers in vital institutions that store research data, firms should invest in training employees on implementing measures of privacy, confidentiality, and integrity of information. For instance, academic institutions encourage ethics in research studies by training scholars to maintain certain ethical standards while conducting their academic assignments.

Currently, Digital experts are working tirelessly to develop procedures for ethical designs and evaluation. These are standard ethical procedures for identifying unethical issues in the new systems as well as guide the construction of new systems. These include computer ethics test and ethics training programs.

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If you enjoyed reading this article, check out How to create a good data back up plan

© 2018 Jeff Zod

Comments

Jeff Zod (author) from Nairobi on October 14, 2018:

Hackers are always ahead of the security experts.

Liz Westwood from UK on October 14, 2018:

Digital security is an ongoing concern. It is a high stakes game for hackers who continually try to outsmart internet security.

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