By Sung Wi |Staff Writer|
If you think your information is secure in cyberspace, you are wrong. All information can be compromised anytime and anywhere, according to Dr. Javier Torner, CSUSB information security officer.
Torner hosted Privacy of Information is Gone!, an event profiling how to better protect our information, held in the John M. Pfau Library on Oct. 16 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
He began a lecture with the question, “Is privacy gone?”
He said in the lecture that Google processes thousands of bytes of information per day, and this contains the data of users. Information like behaviors, shopping preferences, date of birth, mother’s maiden name, etc. is floating around in these bytes of info.
Users, like us, are unknowingly our information to use these online services.But do service providers keep it safe? No.
According to Toner, more than 2.5 million residents of California were put at risk by data breach in 2012.
The average breach incident involved the information of 22,500 individuals, with five breaches of 100,000 or more individual’s personal information.
More than half of breaches involved Social Security numbers.
Toner stressed that we should be aware of this.
YOU need to protect your information. YOU need to detect and resolve breaches because companies cannot and will not.
Torner presented some tips to help students protect your identity online:
1) Install software only from an official application store. If you download apps from unknown sources, it may contain a virus or malware.
Virus and malicious software can collect your information from your device so it’s important to install trustworthy antivirus software.
2) Keep your computer’s operation system up to date. Older versions are most likely to be exposed to danger of breach.
3) Do not jailbreak or root your mobile devices. You give the cyberspace full permission to access your operating system if you jailbreak or root, and you are no longer able to get support from service providers.
4) Remotely erase content off your device whenever you can. If your device is lost/stolen/misplaced, other people can access your photos or any sensitive information that the device may contain. Be ready to terminate it remotely.
5) Be social, but be responsible with the content you share. Limit sharing private information of you, your friends and your family.
6) Check your bank and credit card report often so you can take action if you become victim to identity theft. Be sure to enroll in your bank’s mobile alert system and credit card usage so that you can be notified immediately.
With the constant advancements of technology, we must be more active in protecting our identity and keeping secure the information we share on social media.
For more information about how you can protect your information, contact the campus Information Security Office in PL-520 or visit their website iso.csusb.edu.