Let me preface this piece by saying that I love the digital era. I think technology is wonderful and I am in constant awe of how far we have come even in just the last ten or twenty years. That being said, I often think we may have come too far too fast. We may not always know how to keep up with ourselves. A prime example of this is in our health care. We have the technology to live longer but we are not fully prepared to accommodate a growing elderly population. Another example is in all the amazing things we can now do online but not all consumers know how to protect themselves fully against cyber crimes or predators.
On 6/25/13, Katie Couric did a show on technology. Part of that show included a segment on "Revenge Porn." During this segment, she interviewed women who had sent nude pictures to boyfriends who had, in turn, posted them on several websites after they had broken up. The pictures went viral and nearly destroyed these women's lives. Katie went on to discuss some legal actions people can take in these situations.
While the damage can't be undone, one of the young ladies has started a website to help prevent others from undergoing similar experiences and to help change the currents laws. I reference http://www.endrevengeporn.com/ because has quite a list of helpful resources regarding cyberstalking and the computer fraud and abuse act.
Ms. Couric goes on to interview Dr. Sheri Meyers, a psychologist and family therapist from Los Angeles, regarding social media prenups which dictate exactly what is and is not okay to post on social media sites. She states that she and her partner have entered into such an agreement and it works well for them. Going a step further, they discuss whether a significant other has the right to know your various passwords. That is always a hot topic! Loving relationship or not, the more people that have your password, the more you are at risk.
With so much information being stored in the "cloud" these days, you can never be too careful. Even when you think its gone, its never really gone -- its lingering in the proverbial "cloud" where some tech savvy person can access the information. I, personally, am so grateful to have the cloud because I used to live in fear of losing all of my data. While I rest easy knowing that is no longer likely to happen, I now fear that my information is out there for all the world to access. With cybercrime being a new form of threat to our safety, I consider it the equivalent of locking my doors at night.