Privacy is all but dead in today’s modern age. Think about it for a second. With almost everyone having access to smartphones and computers, privacy is such a rare commodity. In fact, with the options of saved passwords and auto-fill information, it can be very easy to reveal your private data.
A Matter of Convenience
The issue comes with convenience. Who wants to input their password each time they want to log in? Nobody wants to fill in their credit card information and address when they want to buy something online. For those who sign up to a variety of websites, having an auto-fill feature is better than filling each line individually.
Because of this, your main browser stores nearly all your information. But how are you sure that only you can see this data? How can you be absolutely certain that your information stays within the confines of your browser?
Anything connected to the internet has the potential of getting hacked. Logging your information into unsecure sites can often lead to password and information theft. When this happens, it can be very easy to access a number of your accounts. A lot of these sites often require simple, personalized information out of you. For a would-be hacker, it can be incredibly easy to guess.
You should also have to worry about people close to you. Your accounts are also free game to people with physical access to your phone or computer. It can be your roommate, your family member, a significant other; anyone can easily go to your device and see your information. In fact, you are more likely to get hacked by people around you than by a stranger on the other side of the globe.
So take a look at your accounts online and ask yourself a few things. Can a single account, if accessed by a third party, do a lot of harm to you? How many emails and website accounts share a similar password or name?