Essay about Internet Privacy and Security

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Technology is great in so many ways. It has provided us with more communication access, access to knowledge at our finger tips, and so much more. Technology has overall made life easier, but maybe too easy, and has made things a lot less private. This results in us having to be extra careful with security on the internet. Internet security is important to protect our privacy, protect us from fraud, and from viruses that could destroy a piece of our technology. Internet privacy and security may be different but share a responsibility, but it is up to us to take personal responsibility to protect ourselves on the internet. We should pick unique, carful passwords, and never share this sensitive information, and encrypt our data when online. …show more content…

Privacy and Security are both equally important, to internet use.
Did you know that from 2005-2009 the internet scams rose from 100,000 per year to nearly 300, 000 per year (Internet Scam Statistics). From 2010- 2012 it continues to rise beyond 350,000 per year, with a monetary loss of over $300 million per year.
The top 5 internet scams per (Info-graphic Highlights) with the most complaints:
1. 14.4 % - Identity theft
2. 13.2% - FBI-related scams
3. 9.8% - Miscellaneous fraud
4. 9.1% - Advance fee fraud
5. 8.6% - Spam
Men report 25% higher monetary losses related to internet spam then females. 60 years old or older group reported the most monetary loss than any other group. (Info-graphic Highlights).
Also (Internet Scam Statistics) reports that the 3 most common locations for internet scams are:
1. 65.9% - United States
2. 10.4 % - United Kingdom
3. 3.1% - China
Security issues with wireless technology also continues to rise, 50% of smartphones were returned even though all of them contained owner contact information, and 75% of smartphones owners do not password protect their phones (2012 Info-graphic Highlights).
These statistics above only prove the importance of security on the internet. We all have to do our part in protecting ourselves when online. Privacy and security on the internet are both supported by our ability to protect our own personal information when

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