My Digital Life

How secure is my digital life?

My digital life is definitely not as secure as I think it is. All of my social media accounts are private, but how secure does that make my digital life? In my opinion, a private account does not perfectly secure an individual’s digital life. Even if one person cannot view my profile, there is perhaps another individual who has access to it and could show anyone and everyone. I also believe anything you post online never goes away. Anyone could screenshot anything I post and have that picture forever. There is even screen recording on iPhones now, so even videos can be saved forever. Anytime I log into my apple ID, amazon account, etc. those platforms have my digital information.Therefore, I would say as an avid social media user who grew up with the start of technological advances, my digital life is not as secure as individuals like my parents and grandparents.

Who has access to your information?

In my opionion, quite literally anyone could have access to my information. Apple, my phone carrier Verison, etc. all have access to my entire information. When exploring a new website it always asks my to expect all “cookies”. After downloading a new app it asks for access of my curent location. Almost every app on my phone has access to at least some if not most of my information. I think the real question is who doesn’t have access to my information?

What kinds of things might hackers, corporations, political parties, or states be able to figure out about you from that information?

In the article, How Apple and Amazon Security Flaws Led to My Epic Hacking, they stated, “Getting into Amazon let my hackers get into my Apple ID account, which helped them get into Gmail, which gave them access to Twitter.” Getting access to that individual’s Amazon account allowed the hacker to get access to other multiple accounts of that user. Hackers, corporations, political parties, or states are able to figure out many things about me from that information. They are able to figure out other passwords, my birthday, personal information about me and family members, and possibly even my credit card numbers. The list continues to expand as the years go on for what Hackers, corporations, political parties, or states are able to figure out about individuals through simple information.

What is the significance of government surveillance? 

Government surveillance is primarily used to ensure that people follow the law by making it possible to take action against those who do not and by fostering a culture of aversion. The ability to obtain sufficient data is the main benefit of government surveillance. Another significance of government surveillance is to prevent and investigate criminal activity. There are pros and cons to government surveillance.

 What are the ethical considerations of access to, and use of, this information?

One of the main objections against surveillance is that it threatens privacy, which is important to both the individual and society. Ethical considerations of access to information that is under government surveillance are all about privacy. Many individuals argue with the concept of government surveillance because it infringes on the individual’s right to privacy.

What can you do to improve your digital security?

One way to improve my digital security is to not use the same password for every account that I own. I am an avid one-password kind of person mainly because I am lazy and it is easier to remember one password compared to seven passwords. Using the same password for every account is a very easy way to make my digital information not secure. Another way to improve my digital security is to regularly install security updates. The newest version of security can help to better protect my digital information. Another way to improve my digital security is to begin using two-step authentication to get access to my accounts. Adding a second factor to my password, such as a text message code that I must enter in order to securely log in, will increase my digital security.