As well as invaluable tools for keeping in touch with our friends, families and our work, mobile devices have become an increasingly big part of how we access the Internet. Unfortunately, while many smartphones are nearly as powerful as computers, we often don’t use the same caution with them as we do with our computers—and they often don’t have the privacy and security safeguards that come built into computers. As well, the fact that we’re never far from our mobile devices can bring a host of opportunities for us to be distracted and to make poor choices.
CIRA and MediaSmarts have partnered on a series of five tip sheets to educate Canadians about online security issues. The 5th tip sheet in the series, Socializing and Interacting Online, looks at negative issues that can come up when interacting with others through networked technologies including phishing scams and hoaxes, and strategies for dealing with them.
In the early days of the Internet, some writers predicted that it would bring about a "frictionless economy" – one where shopping for, buying, and even delivering purchases, would happen entirely online. In the years since, the successes of online businesses from eBay to Amazon have made a lot of this image a reality, but online commerce is far from frictionless: scams, frauds, excessive spending and shoddy or misrepresented goods all lie in wait for the unwary buyer.