The new technological advancements available today are incredible. But is our society becoming too lazy when it comes to having to type in security information? New applications, suggested even by the government might suggest so.
It seems that every day there are new reports to cyber criminal activity, specifically around the crimes of identity theft. The problems a person faces due to identity theft can feel almost insurmountable. The stress levels are nothing to laugh at as they can cause major tension for individuals, families and credit card companies alike.
This kind of fraud is difficult to track and, strangely enough, easy to protect against. Proper password application and secrecy is paramount to maintain control over one’s cyber life.
CNN reports a new attempt to properly secure the portable, technological devices the public uses on a regular basis. I-Pods, i-Pads, laptops and smart phones are all being regulated to try and prevent theft or security breaches.
This regulation, involving universal passwords, is already underway and even being backed by the Obama administration. The only hang-up right now is trying to come to a “consensus among Web companies and the government about what exactly this should look like and when we should expect to see it,” as CNN notes.
The U.S. Commerce Department has remained in charge of trying to figure out online security ever since President Obama gave them control over the entire operation. It is something of a puzzle as to why the government is getting so deeply involved in technological plans such as cyber security.
Isn’t it the responsibility of the individual to take care of their own information and privacy? This writer is not convinced that the government is moderating cyber security for all the right reasons.
Our government is the kind that uses phone taps and all other measures to spy on their citizens. What better way to keep track of the public than having regulated security codes for everything a person has in cyberspace? And in these times, that information is pretty much anything one can think of.
With all the information kept secret by passwords and other protective methods for files and documents, isn’t it rather unusual that the government wants to regulate that kind of privacy?
Avoiding scams on the internet is hard enough with the ways hackers are able to disguise themselves in emails from friends and random wall posts on Facebook. Why would anyone want to make it easier to hack into our personal electronic lives, or worse, personal and financial lives?
If the American public is issued a kind of universal password protection, which no doubt will be advertised as the easier way to protect ourselves, removing all the hassles from the internet and the mundane business of repeatedly typing in passwords, then the public deserves what’s coming to it.
The purpose of having security checkpoints like those asked when signing into accounts of any kind are to ensure protection. With one universal security system, not only will the government be regulating our security, but it will become that much easier for hackers, and perhaps the government itself, to decipher everything they could ever want to know about us.
Author Byll Monahan, 24, is a graduate from Cabrini College in Radnor, PA. He is by no means a conspiracy theorist, but some things are simply to obvious not to piece together!