WEEK 3 – DIGITAL SECURITY: IDENTITY THEFT

digital security identify theft

This weeks topic is about digital security and exploring the potential events of identity theft. Do we understand digital security and what information about us is available online?  Do we understand what identity theft is and the potential impacts it us on our identity?

Teachers in the digital age need to be aware of digital security issues, identify theft, scammers and cyber bullying. Technology is a big thing, which is constantly evolving.  The more technology evolves the more we continue to try new technologies and change the way we do things;  the way we communicate, the way we store information, the way we shop, the way we pay bills and so on.

Technology is trying to make things easier, quicker and more simplified, but are we exposing ourselves too much and are we understanding and in control of what information about ourselves is out there?  We need to understand digital securities and how we can modify our behaviours to have a much safer experience in the digital age. We need to understand what information we put out; for example credit card details when making purchases online, personal details sent in emails and so on, and what information we receive such as emails and is it safe or is it a scam.

I have often sat and thought, we put so much personal information and identification into some of our technology devices and what would we do if they were stolen or a scammer gained access to them.  How would we get the information back, how could we stop scammers and hackers from accessing our information?

I explored a news article ‘A thief just made off with your smart phone, now what?  This article was very interesting and very true in the respect that it says ‘we trust much of our lives to our mobile devices’.  This article raised the questions about what we would do if our mobile devices were stolen and what is some pro-cautions we can take to ensure that if in the event our mobile devices being stolen can they be tracked and is data backed up.

The good news is that location aware features can help find and recover missing devices.  Many locating devices can wipe devices clean to keep your personal information out of the wrong hands.  Many try to take snapshots of whoever is using your device to identify culprits (Ducan, 2013). However the bad news is that these services are in no way a cure-all for someone who has lost a device or had a device stolen. The real benefit to tracking services may be the ability to remotely wipe your data from the device.  As stated in the article, in almost all cases, wiping a device also eliminates the ability to track but it may be the way to safeguard your accounts and services and in event your identity (Ducan, 2013).

See full article http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/can-location-tracking-services-help-recover-your-stolen-smartphone-tablet-or-notebook/#!ERy32

theft of mobile device

References:

Digital security [Image]. Retrieved from http://www.tradearabia.com/news/IT_224571.html

Ducan, G. (2013). A thief just made off with your smart phone, now what. Retrieved from http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/can-location-tracking-services-help-recover-your-stolen-smartphone-tablet-or-notebook/#!ERy32

Identity theft [Image]. Retrieved from http://www.techtrends.co.zm/social-media/identity-theft-steal

Theft of mobile device [Image]. Retrieved from http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/stolen-phone-database-running-says-ctia/

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