Recently, many issues about information leakage have burst on the Internet, such as Paypal password hacking and the Prism. In these incidents, the consumer’s personal information was intentionally or unintentionally leaked and led to great loss to consumers, such as privacy theft, unauthorized use of funds. Due to network services still has many security risks, consumers must be aware of the importance of personal information in network service process and shall use privacy protection function in information security products to ensure personal information secure.
Privacy disclosure event arises one after another in recent years, in January 2012, e-commerce site Zappos was hacked, 24 million users’ e-mail, password and other information have been stolen. In July 2012, accumulated over 8,000,000 users’ information of Jingdong, Yahoo and many other sites have been leaked. With more and more people’s personal information was transferred to the Internet, the risk of information leakage is still expanding.
Because a lot of network services connected to each other, a single information leakage may produce ‘ chain reaction ‘, which leads to other more important information can be leaked. For example, in Paypal funds theft incident, the criminals will be able to get Paypal password by stealing customers’ phone. And criminals can also obtain access permissions to relevant network system by stealing the victims’ identity information, which allows the criminals to cause worse damage.
Even though consumers can not directly improve the level of safety and security of the network service provider, but you can take more prudent measures to prevent personal information from being disclosed, which includes:
- Lower the relevance between various network services account, try not to set the same password for several account, or do not set one single verification method for many accounts. When your relevant information is leaked, you must move quickly to change passwords and other remedial measures to prevent harm to further expand.
- When you use network services, consumers need to pay more attention to security of personal information, in particular, try your best to minimize the spread scale of identity information to prevent criminals’ targeted attacks.
- Use file or folder encryption program to enhance the security of personal information stored in PC or cell phone. You can never ensure your PC will not be invaded by unauthorized access, or your portable storage flash drives won’t lose. Once you conduct mistakes as above, you will also confront great loss, including data loss and financial loss. In order to prevent the data and information stored in your PC or other flash drives falling into wrong hands, you had better lock the files in it with password, so that others who have no correct password can’t access to your data.access to your data.