David A. West

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What Privacy Concerns and Ransom Viruses Tell Us About Digital Age Dilemmas

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

These days, it seems like technology is in the news for the wrong reasons as often as it is the right ones. That’s partly because we take all of the amazing things about the Internet and mobile computing for granted. Another reason, however, is that we are continually being bombarded with stories about government spying programs and ransomware viruses that give us perfectly legitimate concerns.

The bottom line is that most of us deal with a digital age dilemma on a daily basis: We are more dependent on technology than ever before, but we also have more reasons to be fearful of it.

Is that really reason to be overly afraid, however? I don’t think so. The reality is that, for all the risks and opportunities that modern web technology presents us with, what’s missing is a bit of knowledge and training.

That is, most of us aren’t cautious in the right ways with technology because we simply don’t know how to be. And at the same time, we aren’t as amazed as we could be with the things that are going on in the world simply because we aren’t sure how to use them… or at least how to use them for maximum effect.

That’s something I see continually as one of Canada’s leading technology speakers. The moment you can open people’s eyes to what’s out there – where the real risks and opportunities are – they feel more optimistic, and a little bit less afraid. That might not be a magic cure-all for every technological problem we have, but it’s a good start.

So, the next time you read about something scary over the Internet, I invite you to learn more about it. And while you’re at it, study up on things like social media, or online security. It won’t take nearly as long as you might think to master the fundamentals, and you’ll be a better business person, and a better citizen, for having made the effort.

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