In the modern age, we are truly lucky to be reaping all the benefits of the technological advancements of the past years. Technology can be used to improve our lives in so many ways – for our entertainment, to make daily tasks more simple, to help us get from place to place, for easy and constant communication, the list goes on and on. However, when it comes to technology, there are certain cases where we need to be careful to protect ourselves – physically and in terms of digital security.
This is something that can oftentimes be overlooked when discussing safety around technology, but it’s important to keep in mind your physical health and safety when working with technology (especially electronic devices).
Some potentially harmful incidences which you may not have considered may include a battery explosion or an electrical fire. It’s important to be careful about wiring and batteries and follow warning labels or precautions stipulated on labels of devices since they are generally ignored.
Protecting your online presence has become almost as important as protecting your physical safety and assets. Cybersafety refers to how you protect yourself online: your personal information, your bank details and even your mental health.
It’s important to be aware of privacy settings on social media and how much of your personal details you make available to the general public. Those of us who are more private (or perhaps more paranoid) may tend to keep social media accounts on a private setting so that only approved accounts may view our content. Others may choose to avoid having social media accounts in the first place, which is the surest way to protect yourself from hacking, stalking, cyberbullying or identity theft.
Another factor to keep in mind for online safety is online shopping and where you fill in your credit card details. Phishing and other cybercrimes are still extremely prominent, and not to mention unethical business online – be sure that when making an online purchase, you are doing so from a reliable company so you don’t end up having your money taken or your sensitive information stolen and used against you.
Finally, it’s also important to be extra careful when your cyber safety and your physical safety may both be at risk – take precaution when meeting people online. Social media is an amazing way to meet new, like-minded people across the globe and that is something to be enjoyed and celebrated. However, you should always be aware and be careful what information you disclose to these people. When planning to meet an online friend in real life, there are some precautions and safety measures you should have in place and don’t forget to always be aware that it’s easy to share fake information online and the people you meet may not be who they seem.
To conclude, we must enjoy and take advantage of the technology at our disposal without putting ourselves at risks in various ways. Staying aware and educating yourself is the best way to avoid any threats to your safety.