The Importance Of Staying Safe In Cyberspace

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“Staying Safe In Cyberspace.”

The World Wide Web may seem fun and controlled, but in reality, it’s full of dangers that many people wouldn’t even want to imagine. These dangers include real people known as internet predators, viruses and scams, the various layers of the Internet known as the Dark Web and Deep Web, and the fact that nothing is ever gone, not even after you delete it. These reasons are why individuals should stay safe in the real world, and even safer in cyberspace.
The Internet is full of people and things that are both dangerous and in some cases, untraceable. Unless the person is someone that’s known in real life, no one can ever be sure who they’re talking to, or if they’re a friend, or someone dangerous. Internet predators tend to fall between the ages of 18 and 55, although some may be older or younger than that. Their targets tend to range from ages 11 to 15. It is observed that teens are completely willing to meet with strangers, as in one hundred percent of the cases, teens that are the victims of sexual predators go willingly to meet with them. As of 2015, there are a total of 799,041 registered sex offenders in the United States alone.
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Some ways to do that are reading articles about scams and viruses, being aware of predators, shopping safely on websites that have “https”, have passwords that aren’t easy to figure out, and install a firewall. All of these can be done relatively easily and is a small price to pay for protecting your privacy online. (Robert Siciliano, 2014). However, just because you do something like deleting a picture or a post, doesn’t mean that it’s gone forever. Nothing ever disappears on the Internet. Once it’s posted, it lives forever in little pixels of data that virtually anyone can have access to. This is why many people need to think before they post, and decide whether or not being known for or by something you put online is worth

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