The internet is so wide (across the globe) at the same time narrow because of people’s ability to get specific information under few seconds.
It is wide in the sense that any information put on it from one end of the world can be seen in another end of the world – immediately, as it is uploaded; narrow in the sense that through key words, you will be able to get any information from it within a twinkle of an eye.
A practical explanation is when you engage in online business transaction. You can order any product(s) from England while in Nigeria; pay your bills from the comfort of home; and receive the product(s) under agreed number of days without boarding a plane. Such is how fast the internet is.
The internet exposes you to great prospects and risks
As an internet user, you need to know how to conduct yourself in a manner that will keep you from impersonation; learn how to transact online businesses to protect your bank details from getting into wrong hands – capable of syphoning your money; be conscious to avoid being duped; and be careful to avoid your personality from being used to defraud people or being used as a channel for displaying illicit contents.
We want to inform you that as much as the risks of internet are enormous, so also are its prospects.
If you want to develop contacts, use the internet. If you want to create awareness for your business, use the internet. If you want to take your projects outside the shores of your country without necessarily leaving your home, use the internet: it will be safe for you when you know how to keep yourself safe from the risks associated with it.
Various means to protect your identity
- Avoid checking links from spam messages directly from your email address. You can copy the link and paste it into a new browser in order for you to know where the link leads.
- Avoid releasing details about you to people who mount pressure on you to get information without cognate reasons, and try to verify claims before releasing information to some others.
- Always read and understand, as well as, obey the instructions of your bank and other organisations (whose services you use) regarding how to keep your identity safe.
- Avoid responding to or clicking the links of meaningless and illicit messages, especially on social media: some may include your name in the message sent to you and saying ‘what are you doing in this video? I can’t believe it’. Never mind, they only want to steal your details.
- Delete every suspicious message from your account.
- Avoid intentionally clicking on links that contain illicit materials – asking you to click to see details. If you do, mostly, you may have the content published on your wall without knowing it. Your contacts are the ones that will be seeing it and your reputation will be on the brink of destruction.
- Set the ‘tagging’ of your account, especially the social media, to ‘review tags before they appear on your wall’. Doing this will keep illicit contents away from appearing on your wall, but you must also check any contents which you are tagged with before you approve them.
Why your identity may be stolen
There is portion of the Bible that says, ‘a curse causeless shall not stand’, which means that any evil invocation on a person that does no wrong will not come to pass. To this end, we will like to inform you that if you do not fall victim to hackers, impostors or clones – your information will remain intact.
Specific reasons why people fall prey of these internet devils are, among others:
- Greediness: many times, you will receive messages from people that claim to be loners – having a huge sum of money lying in the bank to which they need you to withdraw after which you will be given your shares. At the long run, your details will be required to complete some processes: if you release the details asked for, you will be duped at the end and your identity will be used to commit crime which will get state security on your trails.
- Lust of the flesh and of the eyes: “When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death”. James 1:13-15, NIV. This applies to when you receive illicit materials in your account and you cannot turn your minds off it but decide to click the link: it will land you into that content being published on your wall.
However, in spite of the challenges of the internet, you cannot afford to shy away from its usage as a business man, a pastor, a teacher, a father or mother, a student or a professional – if you want to be relevant in your generation.
The best thing you will do for yourself (on the internet) is to use it for your personal development, and to advance your strategy of achieving success in life.