Teaching in a Digital World – Week 3 Reflection “Digital Security”

 

"Identity theft and identity fraud are terms used to refer to all types of crime in which someone wrongfully obtains and uses another person's personal data in some way that involves fraud or deception, typically for economic gain"  (Justice.gov, 2014).

“Identity theft and identity fraud are terms used to refer to all types of crime in which someone wrongfully obtains and uses another person’s personal data in some way that involves fraud or deception, typically for economic gain” (Justice.gov, 2014).

To think that we are digitally connected through someone or something that links us is a thought that scares me. The world of social media has allowed new connections to be formed and expand on existing connections. When ‘Facebook’ launched in 2004, an estimated 1 billion users share personal information like photos, music, fan pages and links (Facebook, 2014).

Reminiscing on my own experiences, information we share in simple text can have its misunderstandings. When typing a sentence or a ‘status post’ online, the feelings and emotions are not conveyed accurately. The dangers associated to these are misinterpretations is that the reader may translate innocent comments to something more serious and may develop into ‘Cyberbullying.’

This weeks topic also explored how our digital identity is a pathway own personal lives. Websites such as scam watch “provides information to consumers and small businesses about how to recognise, avoid and report scams” (ScamWatch, 2014). The task to ‘Google’ our own names and see what our footprints were like certainly was a eye opening experience. I suggest  taking precautionary measures like closing non-active accounts and clean up our digital footprints. This will ensure no one will have easy access my personal life.

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References

Facebook logo. (2014). [image] Retrieved from http://www.wallstreet.org/2014/02/facebook-is-expanding-its-product-portfolio-diversifying-its-business-model/141155.html

Facebook,. (2014). Facebook. Retrieved from https://www.facebook.com/facebook/info

Justice.gov,. (2014). USDOJ: CRM: About the Criminal Division [image]. Retrieved from http://www.justice.gov/criminal/fraud/websites/idtheft.html

Scamwatch.gov.au,. (2014). About SCAMwatch. Retrieved from http://www.scamwatch.gov.au/content/index.phtml/tag/scamAboutUs/

Shutterstock.,. (2012). [image] Retrieved from http://allfacebook.com/facebook-security-3_b78958

A logo that is synonymous with connecting people.

A logo that is synonymous with connecting people.

Below Video: A cybersafety message for children video.

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