Most of us have heard about security scares, many of them about loss of personal information or passwords.
There are actually a number of areas of security concern, not all of them obvious.

Security Concerns

Information security

How could copies be made of my personal information by other parties via electronic means?

  • Scams - schemes to misdirect your actions to provide information or funds
  • Malware - malicious software that collects data from your device
  • Ransomware - locking your files and demanding payment for an unlock
  • Phishing exploits - targeted scams that make use of known personal information
  • Poor password practice - simple passwords, re-used passwords (More about Passwords Good Practice)
  • Insecure wireless connections - home wifi with poor practice, public wifi with little security (More about wireless Good Practice)
  • Accounts compromised on a website - a merchant or service provider has information stolen

Note that the above list refers to personal information accessed with criminal intent.

There are also many possibilities for personal information to be recorded as part of the use of any website.
This information is taken 'with permission' as part of the terms of use of a website and are primarily intended for marketing uses.
For more about this data gathering of personal information click here.

Physical security

How could my personal information become a complete loss?

  • Failure of a device - electronic or mechanical failure of a device
  • Accidental damage to a device - device is dropped or otherwise damaged beyond repair
  • Natural Disaster - water, heat or cold damage to a device
  • Loss or theft of a device - a lost device with no security means a physical loss and data loss

Good Practice

  • Apps and system software always updated
  • Security software in place and updated
  • Good password practices
  • Good Backup practice
  • Good wireless connection practice

More details about Good Practice

Go to the next basic skill

Unless otherwise stated, the content of this page is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License