Since we now live in a virtually paperless society, transactions happen mostly over the internet. People make payments, send personal information and more over the internet. Since many companies take information of the web, the need for security has increased to prevent identity theft. However, despite their efforts, sometimes there are security breeches. I think it should be immediately reported to the users of these organizations so that they are aware of it. No one wants to find out after the fact that their personal information has been compromised.
Many people are concerned about the use of online purchasing. I used to think that it was just a case of paranoia, but after learning a bit more about it, it can be disconcerting . I think it would discourage me from shopping online because it isn’t that safe to do so. Someone could just take my information and I wouldn’t know. Some companies don’t even tell you when the personal information they have obtained is stolen.
Although shopping online can be dangerous, so can shopping in person. When using a debit or credit card, the machine can store your information and your financial information can be stolen that way. Also when taking money from the ATM, since ATM’s use electronic wiring, people can obtain your information that way as well. The fact that everything basically uses the internet in general makes it hard to stay secure. You should just try to secure things with passwords that no one would know and not use websites that have a lack of security.
Homeland Security. (n.d.). Cybersecurity and Privacy. Retrieved , from http://www.dhs.gov/cybersecurity-and-privacy
Jennifer, M. (n.d.). Six New Rules for Online Shopping. Norton. Retrieved April 17, 2014, from http://us.norton.com/yoursecurityresource/detail.jsp?aid=six_safety_rules