The advancements in technology allow us to make connections with other people all over the globe without needing to leave our seats. Social networking sites and other apps have fast become a part of our everyday lives that it seems impossible to go through a day without scrolling through a social media feed or talking to a friend over an app.
Although this high-tech age has its wonders, there are also downsides that we cannot afford to ignore. We are talking about online security.
How safe and protected are you online? Having shared your personal information on social network or your payment details on an e-commerce site, it can be easy to forget that they will not stay secure forever.
A brilliant infographic put together by the people from TechJury drops an eye-opening revelation about data breaches and compromises online.
For one, there are data collecting badges that can collect personal information like your name, email, and contact number. This happens when you sign up on social networking sites and other websites.
Aside from that, your payment details like credit or debit card number and other card information can also be stored. It is also possible to track your whereabouts through your device information and GPS location.
What happens to your data that are collected by different sites? Most of them are shared within the network itself but others are collected for advertisements, helping them tailor the ads and recommendations that you see on every visit. Others are sent to third party companies that improve the platform’s services. But there are also cases when your data are used for research and investigations.
Social networks and apps differ in their methods on collecting and sharing your personal data. However, almost all of them have, at one point or another, encountered security breaches and privacy risks. Some are in the form of hacking. Others are sold in the black market.
In the infographic below, you will find the varying ways in which data are collected and shared. There are also some tips on how to ensure your data is protected through many precautionary measures. It is, as they say, better to be safe than sorry.