Technological progress brings change and with most change, we are typically a bit apprehensive at first. This doesn't mean that change is bad, but when something new is developed we usually tend to be a little cautious; the fear of the unknown is powerful. This is completely natural, but over the course of time, these fears usually lessen.
Dangers with computers and technology do exist, but so do most other things we have that are a part of everyday life. Cars are involved in accidents, fires erupt due to faulty wiring and we get sick by being exposed to germs. Does that mean we should lock ourselves in a dark room in order to not be exposed to any danger? Most people wouldn't think of doing that, but would instead take precautions to be safe. Using computers and the Internet is no different.
Theoretically, everything in life has an element of danger attached to it, but what we are not familiar with tends to automatically carry the assumption that there is somehow more danger connected to it. The better we educate ourselves and obtain a foundational understanding of technology, we'll be able to reap the benefits of technology instead of getting caught up in the dangers. While we are learning, it's important to also not become completely reliant on technology since complacency is probably one of the biggest dangers associated with it.
The more we know, the better off we are. Taking the time to learn the fundamentals of computers and other new technologies is the first step in combating any danger that exists. Computers and network connections definitely put our information and physical persons at risk, but by taking steps to ensure our safety, we significantly reduce the chances of danger.
Getting educated, being proactive and implementing safety tools will help us to become more aware of how to protect ourselves. When we enter or send information over the Internet, we should take caution in where we are sending it and be wary of whom we share information with. Learning how to differentiate scams from legitimate transactions is a good start. Employing virus scanners and firewalls are tools we can use to reduce danger. Using common sense and not sharing sensitive information with strangers in business or social networking is another way we can diminish the chance of having harm brought onto us.
Technology simplifies things for us. Most everything we use today is touched by some sort of computer or technical component. How often do we stop to think that our appliances are being run by a computer chip? What about our cars? Even modern medicine employs computer technology in diagnostic tests and treatments. We do our bank transactions, pay bills, shop and a number of other things online; spreadsheets and software reconcile our checkbooks and debit cards have replaced writing checks. Society relies on ATMS to access money, nowadays we don't even need to set foot in a bank. We automatically assume these features are available to us, and when they aren't, we're at a loss.
Society is so focused on the convenience and abilities of technology, as a result we've lost sight of the underlying knowledge. Complacency is a danger attached to computers and technology, but the good news is this danger element is easily eliminated. As long as we pay heed to the risks, understand the processes happening underneath the technology, there is no harm done. If our debit cards aren't working, we should know how to write a check. If the microwave stops working, we should know how to prepare a meal "the old fashioned" way.
As long as we give ourselves a foundational understanding of the dangers, we'll be better armed to protect ourselves against the dangers that do exist with using computer and network technology. Ignorance contributes to danger. Once we realize there is a risk of identity theft, hacking, viruses, Malware and predators while online, we'll learn ways to protect ourselves.
This technical revolution we are experiencing is wonderful progress, but like anything else, there are inherent dangers. Historically every progressive development has also carried a stigma of danger. What would have been if explorers never took the chance to sail the seas? Doctors and researchers stopped trying new things? Even driving the aforementioned car carries a level of danger, but with proper precautions, we for the most part, safely drive every day. Using computers is no different. It's just a matter of becoming adjusted to it and learning how to protect ourselves. Once we're comfortable with those preventatives, we are better able to embrace computers in order to be able to enjoy their benefits.