Module 9 Security & Privacy

Everything on the internet is at risk for being hacked and having important information stolen.  With the rise of internet usage over the past decade, everyone is online in some way whether its a simple social media page for one person or the website for a multi-million dollar company.  All of these websites could potentially be hacked without the necessary precautions such as firewalls to defend against attacks, and have vital information stolen.  A firewall, one of the most used defense against hacks, builds a blockade between an internal network that is assumed to be secure and trusted, and another network, usually an external network, such as the Internet.

This threat and invasion of privacy could definitely have an effect on my field and possibly every field. From the module resource What does your Internet Profile say about you, “In the digital, always-connected age there is the real possibility that the things we share or experience will follow us relentlessly throughout our whole lives, with possible implications on the jobs or financial services open to us in years to come. Society has never been in a position before where our thoughts and beliefs are matters of public record, easily found and collated with the most basic search tools. ‘This will be the first generation of humans to have an indelible record’ writes Google chairman Eric Schmidt.”

Privacy is often thought of in two ways—something is either private or public. According to the general rule, if something occurs in a public place, it is not private.  Let’s say an embarrassing moment happened to a person in public and someone recorded it on their smartphone.  If that footage is put in cyberspace,  that person’s embarrassing moment is not forgotten.  The general reaction is to chalk this up to life in the digital age, but we expose personal information in public every day.  Do we want this information to be permanent online for everyone to see?  Many people argue that we have given up some privacy with the advent of the internet and social media already, and with the NSA privacy scandal, we can see that the government is willing to breach the privacy of its citizens in order to gain information from what they see as a threat through emails and phone calls.

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