August 25, 2019 - Virtual world is becoming more attractive than physical world, the reason is, we spend most of our time on the virtual world where we can only see and feel things, they cannot be physically touched, it is like air, electrical flow etc. On the other hand, you are basically protected by physical substances, without them the universe has never been created.
Our lifestyles are continually revolutionized, mankind has developed society and created a better world one evolution after another. We are now being virtualized, the virtual world has become more appealing than the physical world because users spend most of their time virtually on the computer and on the internet.
That is why technology has become instrumentally useful and culturally transmissible. Through the invention of the internet and growth in the field of Information Technology, the world has virtually shaped into a global village and the world has became so small.
Most of our activities are being digitized and will become the face of the internet such as online shopping, banking, booking, study, jobs, delivery, robot, AI, tv, internet platform accept food, house and people. Artificial intelligence will continue to become a bigger thing by making smart home, smart thermostats, light, coffee makers and many more, collecting data on your habits and patterns of usage many many things. Cars will get even smarter arrival of 5G network. The recent report shows that by 2025, it is estimated that more than to 21 billion physical devices will became smarter and join to the virtual world. They all can be controlled by an App.
Let’s compare a physical house to a virtual house. Physical and virtual houses have many similarities. Physical houses are built and protected by adding door, windows, roof, protecting wall by painting, floor by installing carpet, wood or marble. In the interior of a home, rooms are built for separate people to ensure privacy and storage of their personal belongings. Doors and windows could be locked to maintain security and confidentiality as well.
You do care about having a good security protection for your physical home and the room you own. Unlike physical homes, digital homes should become safeguarded too. digital homes have digital rooms including Facebook, Twitter, Online banking, Instagram, etc. You just need to put your phone number, email, and passcode to lock, secure and recover digital room account but nothing more you care about doing it. By only adding one lock on the digital door of your digital house, do you think that your digital items are fully secured? Since users are unaware of passcodes, two-factor authentication, or other major security features, they (digital doors, windows, wall, floor) could be opened for hackers to steal all your valuable digital assets.
Security of digital devices should be taught to protect your sensitive digital information. We are not moving backward to the stone age, we are aggressively moving forward to the digital era. Evolution and adoption of technology cannot be by-passed. We must adopt as we advance. Do not wait any longer to protect your digital information just by gaining basic knowledge to secure your digital home. Now, it is the time to defend yourself in the digital world. Better be safe than sorry.
Writer – Prof. Dr. Ramhari Subedi