It may not be the foremost topic that most think about, but nearly every use of technology puts the public in a compromising situation. The United States government not only keeps tabs on foreign threats online, but it has wrongly infiltrated its own public’s internet presence. The U.S. Government’s intrusion in its own citizen’s digital lives is costing them its citizens their privacy, security, and independence
Although it has been speculated that the United States government is spying on its citizens, suspicions were confirmed when information was brought to light. Edward Snowden is Former CIA employee and computer specialist that leaked top secret documents declaring that the United States and the British Government use surveillance on citizen’s phone and internet communications. His information confirmed that the NSA’s program PRISM also collected information from technology companies such as Google, Facebook, and Microsoft.
This reveal of information is not only startling, but it should rightly spark fury. It is it an unjust breach into citizen’s own personal security obtained through illegal means. Because the government cannot be held responsible for protecting its own citizens, its internet users must take precautions into their own hands to protect themselves from this unjust situation. There are many ways to protect personal information. One way is to refrain from posting overly detained information online. In addition, it is highly advisable to limit the information provided to corporations, become aware of the issues, and hold on to the right to privacy from a government that is clearly stealing it away.
Spam email has always been a hassle and as the years continue to pass by, spam mail continues to get more unnoticeable. Most recently malicious files and links have been sent in mass mailings that are imitating news sources like CNN. These spam messages try and draw in the readers attention by focusing around current events or tragedies happening in the world. However, there are many various ways that everyone can protect themselves from these malicious files and links.
First of all, you need to obtain a great spam filter. Most of the spam mail will automatically be sent to the spam folder. If any of the spam mail reaches your inbox promptly report it as spam. Also, always be sure to check the email addresses before clicking on any links or attachments, especially in banking emails or other companies that require your financial information. If the email address doesn’t match their institutions name or has a foreign domain, it’s most likely spam.
Furthermore, one of the best ways to protect yourself from spam is to trust your instincts and use common sense. If you get an email from a company requiring more information before they can send you your purchase, and you didn’t by anything, report it. Also, if you receive strange emails from family or friends that is out of character, be cafeful clicking it because it their accounts could have been hacked. More so, report any emails from places saying you inherited money from.someone you dont even know, most likely it is a scam.