Connecting with Internet is no less vulnerable then driving on a highway. Internet attackers are sitting everywhere to take advantage of users’ data, not just for monitory gain but also as an obsession. Thanks to the non-profit organizations, governments, computer support portals and software testing institutes that are sweating out to mitigate privacy invasion and data theft.
Last year, Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States, charged Christopher Chaney, 35, of Jacksonville, Florida with a range of cyber-related crimes. He used several aliases the likes of “trainreqsuckswhat,” “anonygrrl,” and “jaxjaguars911” to invade celebs’ phone and personal computers. In most of the cases, he targeted big guns form the entertainment industry, including Scarlett Johansson, Christina Aguilera, and dozens of other celebs. What he revealed to the local news station, was very strange. He admitted “I did it because I was “addicted” to violating the privacy of the rich and the famous”. He pulled out the publicly shared information (favorite pets, movies, old addresses or family nicknames) from victims’ accounts with Twitter, Facebook and others, and used those to get into their personal email accounts through password recovery feature. This is not over, there are several such incidents happening on daily basis.
In the limelight of evolving Internet related crimes, it becomes essential to give heed to data security or privacy protection. Non-profit organizations in association with software giants, like Microsoft, Facebook, Google, etc. are continuously striving towards this goal. Governments across various nations are also paving way to give respect to individuals’ privacy, and protect business data from breaching and invasion, and they are formatting and amending laws and legislations in this regard. To create awareness and promote data privacy education through events and activities, Data Privacy Day is observed in the United States, Canada, and 27 European countries on January, 28 every year. Several remote computer support portals have also come on the horizon to protect consumers and businesses’ data. Their experts can remove, and block Internet threats or malaise programming remotely, besides building a robust shield around users’ computer or network. A few also take initiatives to unravel security threats in advance. Software testing institutes like AV-Test, AC-Comparatives are playing no less importance job by gauzing security products and releasing report publicly. So it all depends upon the end-users (individuals/organizations) that how these perceive these information and services.
Now brands and businesses associated with computer support have understood that security in its own right is a broad concept. Highlighting this they have genuinely added a separate domain called antivirus support that is administered and powered by security experts. Some are working as a channel partner of noted security developing firms like AVG, Kaspersky, CA, etc. Microsoft, the czar of software has also extended its support for a secure digital world through Microsoft Certified Partner Network. Usually, all these support options are available 24/7, and people or businesses are free to call them and avail their services from anywhere at the comfort of their home or office.
Though data backup and recovery services are available from Computer Help portals, it’s better for one and all to not to take a chance. End-users should consult with experts about data protection, and must equip their machine or server with a compatible security software or firewall. Assimilating product reviews sourced from reliable tech media portals, like PC World, PC Magazine, etc. is a good stunt before handing over the reins to any software vendor.