The contemporary generation is living in the age of digital technologies. Nowadays, there are too many devices and ways to communicate in the Internet. However, there is another side of such an active public life in different social networks: protection of privacy rights. Certainly, private life should be protected with the help of different ways, since it is quite simple to get a lot of information about a particular person from the Internet. While different people are developing illegal ways of getting this information such as malware, computer viruses, etc., the importance of digital literacy and self-protection online is growing.
What can one do to protect his or her private life? The first thing to beware is an identity theft. All personal information should be protected, especially financial transactions and storage of data about online bank accounts, deposits, and other sources of personal finance. Banking information and information about credit history should be protected first; otherwise, there is always a high risk of having one’s funds and information about bank accounts and credit cards to be stolen by criminals. Such an event may lead to dramatic consequences such as blockage of personal funds and deterioration of one’s personal credit history. To avoid bank information theft, it is imperative to check all sites before producing payments and ordering merchandize from them. Secure sites protected from hack-attacks usually have addresses starting from “https,” which guarantees safety of your data. Moreover, it is useful to avoid installation of unknown programs and activate good-quality anti-viruses on all personal devices to keep all data secure (Top 10 reasons to keep your personal information private, 2017).
Another safety measure is to separate computer use for private and work-related purposes; mixing the two may lead to a number of adverse consequences. It is extremely important to know how to protect your accounts in different social networks, for instance, data in one’s Facebook account. Behavior with friends typically differs from behavior at work, and one’s personal life is not the reason to judge an individual as a professional. However, many HR managers are looking for applicants’ accounts in social networks. Thus, although everyone has the right to private life and this life differs from professional roles, it is advisable to keep the current HR interest to social networks and not to display too much personal – especially for those seeking well-paid, high-rank job positions (Paludi, 2013). Otherwise, it can become an obstruction for career development and spoil the first impression of the employer.
An emotional feeling of safety given by proper protection of privacy rights is also significant for everybody. The lack of personal life protection can even cause various psychiatric illnesses such as, for example, delusion of persecution. Moreover, only the individual concerned should determine the borders of his or her private life, and such initiatives should be supported at the governmental level with the help of effective, comprehensive legislation. Similar to nobody wanting to let strangers into their private houses, the privacy of one’s online activity deserves a similar degree of protection (Bernal, 2014).
As the presented evidence shows, privacy rights matter for everyone and concern a variety of life domains and activities. This position is typical for the majority of people because each person has his or her own personal space and it is necessary to protect its borders. Protected personal space is an integral part of a healthy personality, as it was determined by various psychological surveys. Therefore, private life needs protection with the help of different ways, especially with the help of institutional powers.
Bernal, P. (2014). Internet privacy rights: rights to protect autonomy. Cambridge University Press.
Paludi, M. A. (2013). Psychology for business success. Boca Raton, FL: ABC-CLIO.
Top 10 reasons to keep your personal information private. (2017). Reputation Defender. Retrieved from https://www.reputationdefender.com/blog/privacy/top-ten-reasons-keep-your-personal-information-private