The downside of the Internet transformation story

The downside of the Internet transformation story

It is amazing how the internet have changed the world around us. From the way we interact and communicate, to how we do business, the way we learn, the way we do shopping, and the way we socializing, the internet have left an indelible prints and have transformed our experiences. However, not all those experiences are pleasant.

As the internet is transforming most of our lives, there have been some ugly developments along the line. Illegal activities are becoming a common place through what is known as the deep web. According to a report by Symantec released in 2012, every second, 18 people become victims of cybercrime. These crimes and illegal activities have gone beyond the common ones like piracy, social network profile theft, spreading of malicious viruses that would crash your personal computer to big ones like stealing money from bank accounts, child pornography and selling of illicit drugs.

The buzz the internet created around social media and online gaming platforms that have captured the hearts of many as a medium of choice for socializing and gaming has also become a problem on its own. Thousands of people around the world have become addicted to social media and online gaming platforms that it have distorted their lives and have also taken over time they would usually spend on other activities. For example, according to reports on techaddition.ca in 2010, 7 percent of Chinese students of both elementary and high school age suffer from internet addiction, most especially boys and those that lived in rural regions of the country.

The world is becoming increasing inter-dependent through the power of the internet. All of our information is now being stored with the help of the internet. Our medical, criminal, educational, financial and all other sensitive personal information are completely dependent on the security of the network on which they are being stored in. If by any chance the network security is breached, it will bring about enormous disaster that would be detrimental to all whose data or information are present in such networks. For example, in 2016, Yahoo, the global internet giant, announced that about 3 billion email users were compromised in 2013. The breach was initially thought to have affected about 500 million email users but by the end of the year, it rose to 1 billion accounts and subsequently to 3 billion. This was reported to be the biggest data breach ever experienced. Imagine what would have happened if these personal information including names, date of birth, telephone numbers, email addresses of people fell into the hands of bad people. Your guessed is as good as mine.

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