Vulnerabilities And Loss Of Privacy In The Digital Age

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Technology is currently changing our privacy in the digital age and the implications that has for our private information. The digitization of our life plays a major role in how much privacy we should expect. The digital era has brought new technology to collect, store, and analyze data all with the click of a button. This means that our data is not as private as it used to be when technology was not storing our data. Having something public means something completely different than it did 20 years ago. Today, all of our information is available publicly online and to a wider audience than ever before. With this exponential increase in technology, consumers have been looking for ways that they can protect their privacy. This essay hopes to …show more content…
Farhad Manjoo, a columnist at the New York Times, furthers this idea by stating, “We have decided, as a society, to rush headlong into a world ruled by digital devices, continually weighing convenience versus safety. We’re constantly storing more of our important information on more new kinds of hardware run by more complicated software. All of it is increasingly interdependent, which makes the whole ecosystem more vulnerable” (Manjoo). Websites and software programs are interconnected more than ever before. Our phones can communicate with our cars and computers and we can use a Facebook login or Google login for nearly every website. Even though we value privacy, we continue to look past that and move towards convenience. One login to use for every websites is convenient for the consumer, even though it means that Facebook or Google knows what we are using on other sites. It also means that if either of these accounts is hacked, more of our information can be leaked. The interconnectedness of our information is growing, and with that, comes major challenges to our privacy as it makes all of our information more …show more content…
A consumer wants to know what information a company is holding, without giving hackers a way to view that information. This culminates into creating a false sense of security to the consumer. The data that Google provides may be useful to a consumer, but it 's exponentially more dangerous in the hands of a hacker. To solve this Google needs to institute stronger safety protections when using My Activity in Google. Google should allow this service only on computers that a consumer has verified access on before. They should also restrict access to this feature for those consumers that have a two-step authentication with Google. These two steps would greatly reduce the chance that a hacker could access this sensitive information. Unfortunately, no one yet at Google and those in the technology industry have not discovered that this information could be exploited. When exploring current research, I was unable to find a single source that identified that this information could be hacked and would exploit consumers further. While corporations may worry about security breaches, they also should be weary of the cost that those breaches may bring with

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