These days it can often feel as though technology is out to get us. With so many high profile hacks and data breaches in the news, it can be a scary prospect sharing any data online and this has led many of us to actively avoid using sites that we might otherwise have benefited from.
In reality though, technology does not put us at greater risk – in fact it protects us in many ways and helps to keep our data and our possessions safer than ever before.
When entering your details online you might find yourself worrying that they could easily be used for nefarious purposes. But bear in mind that the very same thing is possible when you hand your debit or credit card over to the checkout assistant. How easily could they just copy your card and steel the details? In fact, when you hand over your card, they could even just run off with it. Technology actually puts a barrier between you and the person you’re paying meaning you are in fact safer.
Moreover, there are many additional technologies that have been developed specifically to keep us safe and these can be highly effective in preventing our possessions from going missing. Here we will look at some examples of technologies that do just that and that are now keeping our data better protected than ever before…
If you are indeed worried about typing your credit card number into an online field, then all you have to do is set up a PayPal account. Now you’ll have no need to hand over any of your details – just an e-mail. They’ll then be able to use that e-mail for nothing other than that one transaction and they’ll have no additional information about you. PayPal simplifies the payment process but more importantly it makes it much safer and is worth setting up if you’re going to be buying and selling a lot online.
CCTV has come on leaps and bounds in the last several years. These days CCTV is all digital and wireless, which means that you can position cameras anywhere in your home and record onto SD cards. What’s more, most CCTV systems have motion sensors and video analysis built in so that they’ll only record when something is actually happening. You can even stream your CCTV straight to your smartphone so you can check up on your home while you’re on holiday.
If that isn’t good enough for you then how about a CCTV camera that you can drive around your home? These now exist and they provide a great way to check up on all the rooms in your home.
Want to keep your home much more secure? Then add a digital lock. This is a lock that uses either a PIN code or a finger print in order to give you access. This means that you can never lose your key and have it stolen and if you use biometric data then there will be absolutely no way that someone can get in without your permission unless they have your DNA. These are especially useful for businesses. Ask for your local locksmith if you’re interested in getting one installed!
Antivirus software is a must in this day and age and can help to ensure that no-one gets access to your computer who shouldn’t do. Antivirus software also tends to include anti spyware and if you get it for your phone it will include all sorts of useful functions such as allowing you to see remotely through your phone’s camera or track its location. A smartphone can potential put your data at risk but not if you have the foresight to kit it out with the right software first!
Author Bio: Warren Brown is a freelance blogger and an ace creative write with many years of experience writing for top blogs. Warren has written on a myriad of topics and has written several posts for us.