John 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?
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.