Missing Links: Why we tend to overlook computer privacy

As much news as computer privacy and identify theft seem to garner on a daily basis, the reality is that most of us ignore it completely or do very little to mitigate or prevent something bad from happening on any level.

Why do we overlook computer privacy?

The real question should be what are we doing to protect or computers, tablets and devices, whether person or business related, from theft of identity?
If you answer that question with nothing or a halfhearted forage into how you avoid spam emails, you might not be as adept at preventing theft as you originally believed.

We look past computer privacy on a consistent basis for two reasons: the internet and gaining information, emails, etc. online is so easy and is often a “given,” and privacy takes on a “can’t happen to me” mentality for the masses.

But computer privacy is real and of the utmost important for a lot of reasons, namely to protect your assets, your credit and make sure you’re not inviting a hacker into your entire company to have information meant for only the eyes of your co workers and more importantly your superiors.

That’s why if you’re going to look at the basics of computer privacy and want to stop ignoring just how important it is, you’ll want to focus on your email first and foremost. Email is how we communicate for the most part, so we can’t stress just how important it is not only do the bare minimum and not open what looks to be questionable emails but also pay close attention to your email in terms of if you suspect a breach has occurred. An easy way to see this is if your password suddenly doesn’t work.

In addition to email, you should make it a habit to change any passwords you have on a 30 or, at most, 60 day basis. This includes network computer passwords at work or email passwords, streaming services, etc.

And if your Wifi isn’t password protected, you’re allowing hackers and those in the know to see what you’re doing so using public Wifi, particularly on a work device, isn’t the best of decisions.

Trying to avoid a computer hack or identity theft sometimes can’t be avoided. But if you can check all the boxes that show you’ve done all you can, then sometimes that peace of mind makes working through this problem a little easier to swallow, knowing you have in fact put a premium on your privacy.