Many people are not aware that they are making it very easy for cyber criminals to invade their privacy. This typically happens when convenience is prioritized over the more critical matter of security. People relax their guard as they choose the easiest path to go about their online transactions. Let’s face it, the use of the Internet is a risk in itself but we multiply that risk when we fail to consider the factors that make us susceptible to fraud and theft.
Protecting our most basic online defenses is a primary concern. User names and passwords are our first line of defense but they tend to be compromised by the tendency to use the same names and passwords for all online transactions. The main problem here is that we make it easy for cyber criminals to penetrate our transactions in the same manner as we give easy access to ourselves. The practice can admittedly save time during the initial stage but the probable resulting loss requires more time and effort to correct. Identity theft can be a traumatic experience both in the physical and emotional aspects.
Cyber criminals are at their work without people realizing it. They are constantly trying to discover passwords by fishing for personal information such as names and dates related to family or work. They can also try to steal passwords saved from memory. They can even be looking into various word and number permutations that will provide them the key to the doors of your private world.
A little effort towards making yourself less predictable to cyber thieves goes a long way. It can be readily understood why some people persist on unsafe online practices especially if they don’t have prior bad experience in transacting online. Due to the sheer amount of information we are encouraged not to put in writing for our own protection, we try to help our memory by choosing letters and numbers that we can easily recall. That is the very weakness which cyber criminals are looking out for.