DATA THEFT: A threat to humanity

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On this day of advancement and development, data is everywhere right from our phone to our social media account. This data is growing at such a faster rate that no one could have imagined. It is an estimate that 2 to 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are generated every day, and 90 percent of the data is created in the last two years.

So how data can affect us?

With such a huge shift in data, security has been the biggest concern today. Data can be used to manipulate and analyze humanity and human behavior. Data theft is illegal usage, storage or transfer of any information that is confidential, personal or even financial in nature. It includes passwords, images, emails, algorithms, financial data. It is caused mainly by the system administrators, office workers who have access to their company servers or storage. The data which is meant to be stored and secured by a particular organization is stolen and sold to another organization or nation for the money. Cybercriminals are also trying hard to crack into servers and access the data for their personal use.

Let’s talk through an example. If cybercriminals hack a social media site then they can get email addresses. Then they can send phishing emails to the people. If a certain percentage of them click on it they will get viruses, worms into their system. Through that, they can track the user activities and have access to personal information like name, contact, address, social security number which they can use in their favor whenever they want.
What steps can be taken to protect our data?

In the coming days, data is going to increase at a much faster rate but we need to be wise and careful about what we do on the internet. We must always use a strong password in all our accounts and to always update our security system.