Internet was created to share information, this makes it vulnerable.
We are so accustomed to e-mail that does not know what to do if it were not. Moreover, we do not understand how we communicate for years without having our own mail and instant messaging programs.
But something to keep in mind is that the Internet was created to share information, that makes him vulnerable and our privacy is always at risk. Another thing would be if the Internet from the beginning been designed to share information securely, but not, security risks emerged much later.
How is my privacy affected by e-mail?
For starters, let’s talk about computer viruses, which have become quite resourceful individuals to make us believe that an email is addressed to us and makes us easy prey to introduce a virus into our mail. This can sometimes be harmless, but on other occasions, had to buy both individuals and businesses.
The less damage they can do is get a file into our computer which allows them to explore all our equipment, and programs to steal information and even manipulate the configuration.
We must be wary of all strangers and messages that have attachments, if we receive an attachment from someone you know and are not sure what it is, it is best to confirm with the sender and thus go out of doubt. While not open the message, no problem, so I deleted the message even deleted messages folder.
We have heard a lot about spam or unsolicited email. Its main use is to send propaganda to multiple users without their consent. The spam is annoying because it takes a long time, steal system resources and we are saturating our mailboxes. But sometimes we have ourselves to blame for receiving so much spam. Here is the cause:
Internet messages are forwards and are exposed all the email accounts on the message. These e-mail chains eventually come to a collector of accounts that are used to send propaganda.
We subscribe for free to Internet sites for information, to download, etc. While indicating that your email address will not be used for another purpose, it is safest to automatically begin receiving spam at that email account from which you provide it to the site.
The spam messages have a legend at the end to make it clear that if you do not want to continue receiving your messages, you must confirm a link or sending an email. In some cases, spammers are delicate remove you from their mailing list, but in other cases, all you accomplish are to confirm that your email account frequently and read it more so you saturate more than propaganda.
Have you heard of Spyware?
It consists of spyware that is installed on a computer without the user being aware, in order to gather information of the user or computer, then sending that controls the application. There are two types of spyware, monitoring software and Adware.
The first monitors the entire system through keyboard transcribers, screenshots and Trojans. While the second, also known as “Adware” is installed together with another application or via ActiveX controls to collect private information and display ads.
These programs record user information, ranging from passwords, email addresses, web browsing history, buying habits, configuration of hardware and software, your name, age, sex and other sensitive information.
What to do?
If you access a website and immediately you are requested to approve the installation of software that does not need it, cancel the installation. Usually they do is install a spyware program in addition to the software they offer.
You can install on your computer free software called Ad-Aware that run, it detects all spyware programs and delete it from your computer.
Michelle Alexander, author of “The New Jim Crow” – 2013 George E. Kent Lecture
Michelle Alexander, highly acclaimed civil rights lawyer, advocate, Associate Professor of Law at Ohio State University, and author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, delivers the 30th Annual George E. Kent Lecture, in honor of the late George E. Kent, who was one of the earliest tenured African American professors at the University of Chicago.
The Annual George E. Kent Lecture is organized and sponsored by the Organization of Black Students, the Black Student Law Association, and the Students for a Free Society.