Loss of Privacy in Today’s World

  • September 22, 2015
  • Bradley Taylor

a lock drawn on a blockModern technology has brought us many wonderful things.  There is voice recognition that enables those who don’t have use of their hands to put thoughts to paper.  There is navigational technology that can direct you precisely to any location you can think of.  You can now monitor your home on your phone while hundreds of miles away on vacation.  And who would have thought that one day you would be able to do all of your banking with your phone?  It’s amazing all the progress that has been made to make everyday living more convenient.

On the surface, it seems as if huge strides have been made in the last 30 years.  But with all these technological strides we have also taken some steps backward in regards to privacy.  It is well known that the internet crime rates are through the roof.  People are out there trying to obtain personal information about you; your bank account information and your social security numbers.  These “hackers” have already accessed some very large organizations.  Target stores were compromised as well as the Department of Defense and Anthem.  It has become an everyday complaint in most police departments that someone has stolen an identity. It only makes sense that the more people take advantage of all the wonderful advances in technology these days, the more criminals will try to access all that personal data for their own financial gain.  Companies need to keep upgrading security measures to stay one step ahead of the criminals.

Stealing someone’s information is not just limited to financial transactions.  Finding out about you is as easy as checking out what you are posting on social media sites.  People tend to put a tremendous amount of information about themselves on these sites.  You may post your work hours, now someone knows when your house may be empty.  Posting your vacation plans also allows someone to see when your house will be vacant.  And don’t forget all those cute pictures of the kids and grandkids.  By posting them you are alerting child predators that you have children.  And you probably have put their names, or at the very least, their common nicknames out there too.

Be careful with the information you put out there on the internet.  Although the advances we’ve made in technology have made our lives easier, it has taken away a certain amount of privacy.