Saturday, 23 April 2011

Online protection (101)

Online protection (101)
keywords: online protection, privacy, data protection, consumer protection, child protection, contractual rights, online genral rights, online scam, online fraud
One of the main issues that I highly concern about and focus on in my posts within my blog, is to determine what kind of protections that online users should have whilst using the internet regarding their daily use, contracting, communicating or any other purposes. Whereas, online protection should be one of the matters that any online user must know, acknowledge and determine before and while using the internet, in which it will increase users’ trust and develop his/her activities
What is online protection?
Well, online protection is a wide term that includes laws, customs, software, programs and general rights, which establish to protect online users from thievery, virus, scam, fraud, harm sites and content, oppressive terms and contracts...etc
Furthermore, this term covers child rights and protections in addition to protect consumers from adhesion contracts and protect online users’ privacy and data
Why this term is important?
In order to know the importance of online protection we must ask ourselves this simple question what can we do without protection?!! It is simply because without protection most of online users will be victims of fraud, scam, harm content, virus...etc
On the other side, the more you know about your rights the more your online activities will be protected and legalised (simple rule)
What kind of protection do I have?
Well, it is depend about the user use. For example:
1.      General use: privacy, personal data, protection of viruses or thievery...etc
2.      Users’ activities: copyright and trademark (IP), transaction (financial or record), banking, travelling...etc
3.      Contractual activities: consumer protection, unfair terms and agreements, jurisdiction, dispute, limitation, responsibility, termination, refund, rescind contracts...etc
4.      Child activities: harm content (pornography, gambling ...etc), contractual aspects
5.      Others: communication, distance selling or transactions, advertisements, liability...etc
These categories contain many rights that online users must grant whilst using the internet; but one of the grounds and reasons that online users become victims is the lack of knowledge, as they do not know their rights and protections and how to seek after them; so learn and work to avoid that problem
How to use online protection? (the tools to specify your protection)
The main keys (general advices) to be adopted in order to be able to use this powerful tool are (for example: the more you know the more you gain protection) by:
1.      Reading and searching (for example learn about privacy, data protection, consumer rights, or any subject before your use) (self knowledge)
2.      Investigating before acting (if you are intending to form a contract it is recommended to investigate before that in order to avoid scam or fraud contracts or terms)
3.      Specifying your use (we must always have a purpose of use, and to know your purpose ask yourself {what, why, how, who} before starting, as without a purpose you and I will be an easy catch to scammers)
4.      Clarifying the person you dealing with (use whatever you have or know of tools to identify the person you are dealing with, by this tool you can avoid scammers)
5.      Search for trust (read and look for reviews, history transactions...etc)
6.      Reading the latest reports (governmental reports) related to this topic
7.      Downloading the latest antivirus and anti spy software (be updated)
8.      Keep in touch with the latest posts in this blog J
These keys are simple and effective, it is true that there are many others but at least start adopting and applying these, after that you can look for others to develop your knowledge and skills. Specify what kind of activity you intend to do and know what kind of protection and rights you have in regard, this is the way to legalise and protect your online activity
Mohammad Al-Thunibat

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