Yes, common internet users like me and you have a very limited social circle and we value that over anything else. Having said that, would you still take the risk of not ensuring your privacy and anonymity online?
How are today's toddlers going to feel about this when they grow up? What will it be like when schoolmates, romantic partners, or colleagues have the ability to look up your baby photos? Will it become the new norm, something to be shrugged off or laughed about, or a source of pride in just how cute you were?
Sexting is a widespread and dangerous phenomenon that might have dreadful consequences for both teenagers and adults. It's important to remember that when you use today's means of communication, there's no guarantee that your data will be secure.
Rewind a decade and looking for love online was the dating equivalent of a rocker listening to Justin Bieber. Fast forward a few years, and the stigma around online dating has all but faded. In fact, for time-pressured millennials, online dating has all but become a norm, with people spending an average of 17 days a year looking for love online.
Unlike online dating sites, dating apps appeal to a new generation of online daters because of their simplicity and ability to link with other social networks to generate automatic profiles for their users. But despite the ease of downloading these applications, do we consider the risk of using such applications on our personal data?
We've all been there. Either sheepishly asking our kids, 'how do you do that thing that makes it stop beeping', or on the other side sighing as you pick up your father's phone and see 36 notifications in the task bar. But those days could be numbered.
Once upon a time, there lived three little pigs. As the little pigs grew older they each decided to build a home for themselves, and when they left home they were given a smartphone and tablet each.
Unless you've been offline and haven't watched TV or listened to the radio for the last month and half, you probably know about the ongoing saga surrounding the security breach at Sony Pictures Entertainment.
As a parting thought, check also to see if the web site provider offers a two-step verification method to protect your account details (e.g. requiring an additional one-time passcode, send via SMS to your mobile phone, in order to modify your account settings). This will further secure your account.
Whilst it's a perfect time to find Christmas presents at dream prices, if you aren't careful you could walk into a Christmas nightmare and become the victim of an online scams! With so many people online, it is a scammers paradise!
The 'Thought For The Day' slot is often (not always) given to religious professionals of various types. Or at least there seem to be a majority of speakers from the various faiths. Other people's thoughts are not seen as valuable or moral perhaps?
More and more people are signing up to the hundreds of paid and 'free' dating sites to be found on the net. If you're tempted, what you are really getting is a place on the web where you can post your details for strangers to read, and be able to contact you.
4chan has always catered to a very narrow group of people: be it manga and anime lovers in the beginning; to sad, angry and aggravated trolls whose premise of privacy is built on the idea that hacking iCloud is the user's fault.
Despite the rising fears of digital footprints, I also have doubts about erasing the past. These fears are not driven by the Orwellian angst that 'He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past', but from uncertainties regarding how this will affect our identities.
Connecting a computer to the internet without a virus protection program is as reckless as leaving your property in the street. It's an open invitation to hackers... they wrangle these herds of infected computers into massive botnets that can bring down whole websites and web-accessed systems at the touch of a button.
In the wake of the EU Court's decision, Google is now faced with a few problems that not only call into question the principles behind the right to be forgotten but could also have possible damaging effects on its functionality as a search engine tool.