From an early age, we're taught not to take candy from strangers. Our parents drill a suspicion of the unknown into us, arming us with the tools to keep ourselves safe. But when it comes to the online world, grown adults who should know better throw caution to the wind, handing over all kinds of intimate data in exchange for use of a free app or wifi network.
These innovative ways of identity management - at a personal and customer level - play a crucial part in driving us to do more and more online. And in the future, they will be pivotal in enabling us to make the most of the amazing opportunities our digital society presents.
"Your entire life is online... and it might be used against you"... The UK has one of the worst records in Europe in terms of cases of identity fraud. In 2012, as many as 25 percent of British citizens claimed to have been a target of identity theft at least once in their lives.
Digital security is still a relatively unfamiliar issue among university students; what's perhaps worse is that many of them don't even realize how little they know. More than 40 per cent admit not logging out after accessing an online service or having no password protecting their smartphone.
The internet cafe can appear a practical godsend. It sounds simple enough, doesn't it? But just how secure are internet cafes? And, more importantly, how safe is your information going to be?
Most phones are connected to many different websites all of which contain our personal details and many are also connected to (or contain) personal and work email accounts and documents. Cyber security is not just a plot in a James Bond movie, it's a real threat.
High costs, along with time-consuming testing and technology, have made DNA analysis inaccessible to many law enforcement agencies to date. But emerging standalone sample-to-answer products, such as IntegenX'S RapidHIT 200 system, claim to offer the answer.
Think about it for a second. A Smartphone is something people carry everywhere and look at more often than their loved ones. It contains increasingly large amounts of personal information about its owner, their families and their financial arrangements.
With the New Year finally upon us it is natural for people to try and come up with predictions for the next 12 months. The situation is no different i...
Let's face it, the internet has pretty much replaced the Situations Vacant section of the local paper, particularly when it comes to searching for careers in travel. However, scams are rife on the internet. In fact, job scams in general multiply during tough economic times like these because so many people are desperate for work.
The more we use the web, the more useful our digital identities become. Arguably the personalisation of our online selves has the potential to become the most valuable commodity of the modern age.
A topic that seems to be cropping up as of late in various forms is this idea of ownership. I'm not talking houses or cars, or something you purchase ...
By all means use the internet as a source of seemingly positive information to give you a larger potential pool of applicants or members. However, as a source of negative information which you cannot or will not confirm or be able to check directly with the person concerned it should be a no no in all but the most obvious cases.