The importance of Information Security
According to Wikipedia, “Information securityis the practice of preventing unauthorized access, use, disclosure, disruption, modification, inspection, recording or destruction of information.It is a general term that can be used regardless of the form the data may take whether electronic or physical.”In today’s world, through emergence of social media, the rate of information dissemination has multiplied sporadically. New technology and media, has provided several ways for individuals, illiterate or not, to pass across information in a matter of seconds. .
Do not put out information that you don’t want people to know about you
Many people use twitter, facebook, instagram, snapchat and all other social media networks to interact with friends, family and colleagues. Sometimes it is even used to get back at enemies. The teacher cited above, surely did not intend to lose her job by what she said, to her she might have been praising her kids. The sad thing about information you put out there is that you cannot control how it is interpreted, nor who jumps on the information and uses it. This information could have been picked up by a liberal person, and the effect would have been the other way round, probably joking off the weed smoking and saying something like ‘the teacher was probably stressed, and we can see she loves her kids so much’. But unfortunately for her, it was picked up by someone who got her in trouble. The world does not need to know where you are this morning, they do not need to know you went clubbing last night, if you are a very active social media person, who tends to document your daily life, you can adopt one of the following tips;
1. Have two accounts, one for everybody and one for people you do not know, where you may safely put up information that will not harm you.
2. Use an alias for your social media username that cannot be traced back to you
3. Use a random picture, or no picture at all for your avatar
4. Turn OFF your location
Secondly, some people do not wish to document their lives for the public, but keep them privately. The issue of hacking is one that is very rampant lately, even to government level were we saw ‘wikileaks’ take hold of the lives of many politicians