How sure are we that no other people can read our emails? Of course, with the existence and continuously improving technology, it is very possible.
Any one of us could be a target of cyber hijacking and identity theft thus steal money or sensitive information.
A blogger could be bold about his personal information, whereabouts and insights written on his blog site or posts. A classic example that his personal security and privacy could have been neglected, intentionally or unintentionally. He could be an easy target.
Yesterday, I attended a 4-hour seminar organized by Peace and Conflict Journalism Network (Pecojon).
Since journalists can become targets of attacks in cyberspace as we receive sensitive information aiding our reportage, it is for this reason that PECOJON engages with Tactical Tech.
Well, Tactical Tech is an international non-government organization empowering groups to utilize information technology as an asset to bring about progress and one of their advocacy is internet security.
It was a short but fully-loaded seminar. And I want to share to you some of the pointers I learned from that activity.
One, wise choice of Internet tools. It is not to promote, but Tactical Tech recommended the use of Fire Fox because you can add plug-ins and extensions for additional security on your browsing.
Second, for secure and encrypted browsing, especially when you’re sharing server or free Wi-Fi, always use HTTPS://, not just HTTP when surfing sites. HTTPS or Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure is a Firefox extension.
Third, there are sites with programs that could make you anonymous on the internet or private browsing and you can download it for free.
In that seminar, the speaker actually demonstrated that he can read my email messages on his laptop without giving him my username and password and we just shared same server.
Is it that scary?