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Technology and Privacy: the Dilemma of Network Security

Have you ever thought that millions of people - and even you - have your data monitored or stolen?

By: Fernando Cafe

"Knowledge is power." This phrase, by the philosopher Francis Bacon, shows how information is essential for the daily life of society. Currently, however, the advancement of technology has enabled private life and social life to unite in the same environment: cyberspace.

In it, users publish photos, chat, store their data, make banking transactions, and even record their location in real time. Therefore, if the information was decentralized before, today, it acquires fertile ground to affect social profiles, apply scams, and monitor who you are. Thus, it is necessary to analyze the current scenario of this issue and observe virtual protection measures.

Initially, the expansion of applications and social networks are inserted as a novelty, making many people unaware of mechanisms for personal protection on the internet. Brazil, for example, fits this logic because, according to Kaspersky - a company responsible for creating security software - approximately 34% of the population do not know how to protect their networks. This scenario allows more than 455 Brazilians to have their data leaked on the internet every minute.

In this sense, protecting oneself emerges as a necessary and urgent action amid an increasingly hyperconnected world. Thus, creating safer passwords (not logical passwords), analyzing privacy settings, avoiding informing via email or phone, keeping devices updated, two-factor authentication of your social networks, care in virtual purchases, and maintaining updated applications are options to reduce the vulnerability in this environment.

Therefore, it is undeniable that technology offers essential tools for different areas and processes. Still, its safe and conscious use is controversial and requires your attention. After all, as you read this article, approximately more than 900 people in Brazil have had their digital privacy invaded.

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