There are always going to be bad people in the world to try to take advantage of others. In one way or the other, technology can help them do it. But, you can also use technology to keep you safe from those same people. So it’s a double-edged sword, but one that you should wield to your advantage.
There are some classic examples of fraud that comes from the use of technology. There is identity theft. There are cybersecurity concerns as seen from an administrative level. If hackers get a hold of your passwords and logins, bacon break havoc on your life. And even by doing something as simple as clicking on a dangerous link from inside an email or through a web browser, you can run into issues with fraud and privacy concerns.
Technology is a main culprit when it comes to identity theft these days. If hackers can get into some of your private information, they can figure out how to open accounts as you in all sorts of different places, and then just begin to act as you online, giving further credence to their impersonation of you and your life. It is hard to protect yourself entirely from identity theft because it’s not always your fault that happens. However, you should always keep up on your credit reports to see if anything unusual was there.
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On a business or corporate level, it’s essential to use technology to avoid fraud at all levels. You don’t want anyone getting into your internal files and looking up client databases. You don’t want any unregulated financial movement going on within the framework of your company’s digital presence. If you have any sensitive data or critical security systems set up via the Internet, you don’t want hackers to be able to get inside. It’s crucial that you take steps to prevent technological fraud on a regular schedule.
Passwords and Logins
Ideally, you will use a password manager for all of your passwords, thereby trying your best to keep safe from people who would use your login information against you. If you have different passwords for every site that you go to, and all of them have a stable level of protection, you are much safer than someone who uses the numbers from their address and the name of their favorite pet.
Never click on a link that you don’t know where it’s going to. Even if it seems like it’s from a friend. Even if it seems like it’s somehow related to work. If you aren’t absolutely sure who the sender is and where the link is going to take you, just don’t click it. Technology fraud starts with people knowing your IP address and your email at your central computer, and then they can work from there on all sorts of fraudulent techniques.