Ntshai tsam mob: Yog leejtwg dag thiab Internet

LocutusJohn Stossel of ABC's 20/20 had a zoo heev qhia lub lim tiam, Ntshai tsam mob: Txhawj xeeb nyob rau Asmeskas. He provided solid data speaking to the media's impact in our lives and how it affects the public and its fear.

(Nws kuj muaj Stephen Dubner los ntawm Freakonomics ntawm cov yeeb yam, yog li kuv yuav tsum tau saib nws!)

The problem he identified is that most of the things we worry about aren't really risks at all. One startling example is a comparison of having a loaded gun or a swimming pool… pools kill many more children than loaded guns. For some reason, we're not afraid of sending our kids off to a home with a pool… but we'd never send them to a home with a loaded gun.

This week, the fear hit home with me. I'll spare the gory details, but I joined a social networking site that had some fantastic tools for building your family relationships and having your ‘network' take off and grow on your own. The trick to the site was that you enter all of your family and their relations to you… the application does the rest… contacting each of them to login and continue building the family. It's an awesome application with all the right features… a viral component, a tool, a contact database, all in one spiffy little Web 2.0 package.

Here's the rub… you enter your family's information. I made the insanely dumb move of kicking the whole party off and putting my family's data in there. The application then contacted each member of my family. The young folks caught right on and started building their networks. It was a different story with the older folks. You would have thought I posted my family's passports and credit cards online for the taking! They were absolutely horrified that I would do such a thing. Horrified!

Identity theft, identity theft!!! My sanity, intelligence, and – most of all my trust – were immediately put into question. Flaming emails followed flaming emails… educating me on this incredible threat and how careless I was to put my family at risk. Though I wasn't concerned with Identity Theft, I quickly made tracks to the company to get the data in question… and any related data… taken down immediately. That didn't stop the scolding. I have to tell you… at 38 years old and having a decade behind me in the Industry, you would have thought I was the worst thing to happen to the net since SPAM.

I'll be in trouble for this post as well… it's not over anytime soon. If the case were adjudicated and ended in a public flogging, it still wouldn't save me. I think I'm off all the wills.

John Stossel hais yog lawm. Qhov kev txaus ntshai-tswj hwm los ntawm kev lag luam thiab xov xwm yog tawm ntawm kev tswj hwm. Qhov tseeb yog tias tus ua lag ua luam of identity theft will exchange infinitely more money than actual identity theft. But it's got the attention of creditors, government, and media so it's going to be in the spotlight for a while. All of our data has been exposed in this kev phem Internet and we're soon all to be assimilated. There's no stopping it. We're done. The world is ending.

Los yog nws?

raws li statistics, 69.4% ntawm tag nrho cov tsev neeg Asmeskas tau siv Is Taws Nem. Tam sim no muaj pib 210,000,000 Asmeskas nyob hauv Is Taws Nem. Thiab yog li ntawd yog lawv daim npav rho nyiaj cov ntaub ntawv, lawv cov keeb kwm qiv nyiaj, daim duab qhia chaw ntawm lawv cov zej zog, lawv cov ntaub ntawv kev nyab xeeb, lawv cov txiaj ntsig ntawm tuam txhab, lawv cov kev nqis peev thiab txawm tias lawv (txheeb ze) keeb kwm kho mob.

Wow ... nrog rau cov lej ntawm cov naj npawb, yuav tsum muaj ntau lab tus tib neeg cuam tshuam los ntawm Kev nyiag keeb kwm, yog? Zoo… tsis yog.

Raws li cov FTC, there were a 246,000 cases of identity theft complaints were reported in 2006 (DOWN from 255,000 in 2005). Well that's 1 in every 1,000 Internet Users, right?

Tsis yog.

According to the FTC, only 1.9% of all Identity Theft complaints were made against the Internet. 4,674 people. So 98.1% of all Identity Theft complaints were not related to the Internet. Let's do some math…. that's 0.0022% chance of getting your Identity stolen from the Internet. Or 1 in every 45,000 people. 3 to 6% of Identity Theft happened due to data breaches ntawm qhov chaw, nrog rau qhov tshwm sim loj tshwm sim hauv tsev nyiaj txiag thiab tseem raug nyiag lub cev, tsis yog siv hluav taws xob.

I could not find a single complaint in all of the data I reviewed where the victim's data was hacked electronically from a third party web site. Tsis muaj ib qhov kev tsis txaus siab ib qho.

Tseem ntshai? Koj Koj yuav muaj tseeb ntawm qhov raug tua los sis tuag los ntawm lub caij nplooj zeeg lossis tuag los ntawm kev sib tsoo tsheb lossis txawm tias los ntawm kev mob lub siab rau koj tus kheej yog qhov ntau dua qhov koj yog tus raug tsim txom los ntawm tus kheej Kev dag ntxias nyob rau hauv Is Taws Nem. Qhov tseeb, qhov xwm txheej ntawm lub ntiaj teb tau tsoo los ntawm lub hnub qub nyob rau xyoo pua tom ntej yog qhov ntau dua qhov koj tau ua rau raug kev tsim txom ntawm Identity Fraud hauv Is Taws Nem.

With that in mind, I would add that all, if not most, of those Internet Identity Fraud cases happened because of a phishing scheme… where a user logged into a fake site that was put there for the sole purpose of stealing your identity. They didn't come from legitimate sites where people's identities were stolen.

Vim li cas tsis? Muaj ob peb lub laj thawj, tab sis qhov tseem ceeb yog qhov zoo li hauv Is Taws Nem yog ntawm kev cawm koj cov ntaub ntawv, it's also great at recording every single packet of information that runs through it. Have you ever noticed how quickly people get tracked down after a child pornography roundup? It's a lot easier for someone to steal some paperwork from your local financial institution than it ever would be to try to retrieve it from the web.

To conclude… stop worrying. To the security and media companies… stop all the fear mongering! Of course I'm not advising you to use your first name as a password and leave your credit card info in your profiles, but you also don't have to fear logging into a legitimate site and finding your bank accounts emptied the next day. It just doesn't happen that way. There's more important things to worry about (like having a healthy, trusting relationship with your family).

Thiab yog tias koj tshwm sim ua ib tug neeg raug tsim txom tej yam Kev Dag Dag Dag Dag, here's some tswv yim.

3 Comments

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    Yawm yij. Kuv tsis nkag siab vim li cas tib neeg tsis paub qhov tseeb txog kev muab cov ntsiab lus hais txog lawv tus kheej hauv Is Taws Nem, tshwj xeeb yog vim qhov ntau ntawm cov teeb meem tuaj yeem nrhiav tau los ntawm cov khoom siv hluav taws xob. Rau feem ntau, kuv tuaj yeem nrhiav neeg lub chaw nyob, xov tooj, hnub sib yuav, cov menyuam hnub yug, thiab qee zaum lawv cov nyiaj hli - txhua qhov tsis muaj kev nkag mus rau lub computer (txawm hais tias nws tuaj yeem xav ua haujlwm me ntsis). Tshaj xo duab ntawm koj tus kheej hauv online tsis muaj dab tsi zoo li tshaj tawm koj tus SSN.

    Kuv xav tias qhov paranoia nqa mus rau li cas cov lag luam ua ntej tshaj tawm kev nyab xeeb (lossis tej zaum cov txheeb cais tau ua li ntawd vim yog nws). Cov lag luam yuav siv cov nyiaj ntawm daim ntawv pov thawj SSL thiab firewall, tab sis cov ntaub ntawv uas lawv ntes tau yog luam tawm thiab muab tso rau hauv lub tub ntxhais xauv qhov chaw uas ib tus neeg nkag tau. Tau kawg, muaj ntau qhov kev lag luam uas tau ua txawm tias kev ruaj ntseg hauv Is Taws Nem tsis zoo, tab sis kuv xav thov kom qhov kev lag luam nruab nrab me me kuj muaj kev nyab xeeb tsis zoo dua li hais, lub txhab nyiaj, thaum nws los txog rau lawv lub cev qhov chaw tshaj lawv lub vev xaib.

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    Nws tshwm TJX yuav qhia tau qhov tsis raug kuv… Lawv tsis ua raws li tuam txhab credit card cov lus qhia tias yuav ua li cas tiv thaiv cov ntaub ntawv kom lawv lub kaw lus raug nyiag thiab cov ntaub ntawv qiv nyiaj raug nyiag. Tsis muaj lub tswv yim hais txog qhov cuam tshuam ntawm qhov kev nyiag no tsis tau, tab sis nws yuav yog qhov loj tshaj plaws hack ntawm credit card cov ntaub ntawv hauv peb keeb kwm hauv Internet!

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    Hav Doug, ua tsaug rau kab ntawv xov xwm. Kuv tsis tau paub meej li cas dhau-inflated qhov tseeb txog thaum koj cov txheeb cais muab nws txhua yam hauv kev pom. Kuv xav tias nws tseem pab tau tias tib neeg tau ceev faj txog lawv cov ntaub ntawv tsis hais txog twg. Tej yam me me xws li saib ntawm lub vev xaib tuaj yeem pab ua kom tsis txhob muaj phishing (zoo li paypal email qhia koj kom muab koj daim npav rho nyiaj, tab sis chaw nyob saum toj tsis muaj "paypal" txhua qhov hauv lub npe). Kev nkag siab me ntsis thiab kev ceev faj mus ntev li no.

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