Technology and Privacy – Not the Best of Friends!
Though flabbergasting, it is not surprising to know that the approximate number of mobile phone users in India is around 730 million. Take a look around you and almost every other person has a mobile phone in his/her hand. And they do not use it to merely call others. From booking a cab or flight to accessing social media platforms, the mobile phone is indispensable today.
With such deep integration of technology in our lives, it is common to find some vulnerability too. The more comfortable we are with our mobile phones, the more information we start storing in it, unaware or maybe ignorant that this saved information is not safe. Having everything in one device certainly makes our lives easier, but this information gives a privilege to hackers to retrieve these details and use against us.
An important thing to talk about here is how few of us like to capture our intimate moments, whether for thrill or just an experience that we end up storing in our mobile phones. While the whole process of getting into the act, recording it, and watching it later is fun and exciting – imagine a moment where either your phone gets lost or you end up becoming a victim of some hacker. From simply leaking the video and uploading it to a porn website to blackmailing, the cyber crime cases give away a very brutal image of this sensitive part of technology. One thing we must never forget is that the data we delete from our phone is still retrievable and someone who understands technology, knows how to get to this data.
Let’s take a look how to safeguard the mobile phone a bit more than before with these small points.
- Password: An easy to remember password need not be too simple to crack. Numbers, letters, special characters, there are many combinations that can give you a password that is easy to remember for you, but difficult to get through for anyone else. Also, try and have different passwords and email IDs for different purposes.
- Encrypt your data: The best way to safeguard information is to store it in a device that is not connected to the internet. An old phone, or an extra one for that matter can give you access to your data without intrusion. Better still, make use of free file encryption tools.
- Logic is better than curiosity: Hacker websites, sites with adult content, scam links, pop-up windows… they ignite curiosity because the way they are presented to you, but can harm your data in more ways than you can ever imagine.
- Block when in doubt: Those friend requests from people who you have never heard of must be ignored and blocked right-away. Making a contact in the cyberspace is as good as inviting a stranger home.
- Don’t be tempted with free Wi-Fi: Using the internet for free sounds lucrative, but do not do that unless you know the provider’s source. Free public WiFi could be full of hackers who can victimize you.
These points can certainly help you stay safe in a technology driven world, but, are you really willing to give someone the opportunity to play with your life by giving them access to vulnerable information? If not, then it is time to use the mobile phone to a minimum and look for alternate ways to store information. As for filming the intimate moments, you certainly do not want to be in a state of despair.
While it is difficult to break into a secured device and access it, would it not be better to keep such thin-skinned information under wraps, or better still not shoot such a moment in the first place? Although it is still a personal preference, a short video by Manforce Condom ‘Love can take a wrong turn’ will help you realize the situation you can get into. Picturing a young couple on their honeymoon, the short film will take you though many emotions like that of joy and love to simply fear of the unknown. An important message it leaves you with is that it is time to #ShutThePhoneUp!
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