Letters to the Editor

Increased online activity could come back to haunt us

As youths, we hear it all the time: “Be careful what you post.” Everyone warns us to ensure we don’t damage our image or overexpose ourselves to online dangers. For the most part, we are wary of the fact that what we post is lucid and easily accessible to anyone.

We are mindful of future employers because low unemployment rates and a shaky job market are a scary thing. Something is even scarier because it is so overlooked: cyberterrorism. But, “no, that could never happen to me” or “I’m way too smart to fall for that.” Bright, successful and driven students at prestigious institutions have fallen victim to the thoughtfully planned psychological traps initiated by cyberterrorists.

So, how can we be less susceptible to this growing convolution? Vote for a presidential candidate who intends to combat cyberterrorism, report suspicious online behavior encountered to authorities, turn your social media accounts on private and check out the information on accounts that interact with you in any way. We need to be prepared to endure the ramifications of increasing online activity, social media use and the pervasive technology that allows us to reach far away places with little to no effort.

Libby Deters, San Luis Obispo

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