Vulnerable in the Digital World
Is your money really safe? With the Ebay security breach circumventing the media this week, the question arises--- Where can we truly be safe? Technology has been quintessential to human existence as we know it. We utilize it to learn of events occurring around the world including massacres, joyous occasions, and entertainment. How could one ever survive without their Mobile Banking app to monitor their accounts or the mobile device they use to access it? If you ask most people, they simply cannot.
The longing, the displacement, the materialistic addiction that has encompassed our society as a whole can be overwhelming. Yet, the only time that we step back to truly grasp this concept is when an occurrence such as the Target or Ebay disaster ascents its ugly head.
In December of last year, customers were scrambling to replace cards associated with their accounts after Target announced a security breach of customers' personal information that could affect hundreds, possibly millions. Could this have been prevented or are we so enthralled with machines that normally make life a tad bit more leisurely for us that we overlook the alterations that can be made by some to use this technology against us ? When this breach occurred, many were running scared wondering how this could possibly happen. Unfortunately, there would be more to follow.
Months later, reports surfaced that Apple iTunes had been compromised due to another security breach. Their solution was simply to introduce a new software that would close up the cyber-hole that hackers had created.
These occurrences leave a bitter taste in the mouths of many as they wonder what they can do to protect their information. Should they stop online spending? This will not resolve the issue, as the Target breach affected those who used their cards within the store over a specific time span. Essentially there is no sure way that your information will be protected. With the technological world we live in today, you can only be vigilant, be observant, and hope for the best.
~Photo by Ashley Rogers-