You are a target. Your privacy and identity is always going to be at risk if your information is on the internet. People and companies are hired or trained to watch the internet and sites that people visit. These type of companies and people are searching for your browsing history, personal information and possibly even your identity/credit card information. Cybercrime has many classifications such as identity theft, piracy, forgery, hacking, financial fraud and thats only naming a few. By revealing to much information about yourself online, or by buying something from an unsafe site can leave you as a victim.
Many people have heard of the MTV television show Catfish. This reality show is based around the lies of online dating. Part of the show is revealing the “catfish”, which is a term used to identify a person who creates a fake profile on social media sites or pretending to be someone else by stealing other peoples pictures and information. This show may be entertaining to the audience or viewer; but have you ever wondered if someone is using your information or picture to fool someone else?. Your information or identity could be compromised and you are not even aware of it.
In a press release by the Bureau of Justice Statistics “ 6.6 million people, representing 7 percent of all persons age 16 or older in the United States, experienced at least one incident of identity theft in 2012”. You don’t have to be apart of the statistic if you are careful about who you reveal your credit card information, accounts, personal information and photos with. Just remember, once it is on the internet it can never be erased, even if you press delete.