Last November 24, 2014, Sony Pictures experienced turmoil within their company. Personally identifiable information, which includes those of the employees, as well as their dependents; executive salary information, and e-mail exchanges were obtained by a group of hackers calling themselves as ‘Guardians of Peace’ (GOP). Up to this point, the identities of these hackers are still unknown. In fact, there is no proof to the claims that employees at Sony assisted in the compromising situation.
The motive of the hack has not yet been revealed. However, it has been said that it has something to do with the release of a certain film, depicting the attempt of assassinating North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. Bottom line is that, it has been assumed that this hack is somewhat related to terrorism.
The Hacking Threats
With all these hacking threats going on, at a big company at that, the world seemed a very dangerous place to live. Sony is a well reputed company. Still, hackers were able to penetrate and obtain personal information of the employees. This is something very scary for a lot of them. When this information is revealed, all aspects of their lives will be affected.
This brings us to the question: How about online money making techniques? Are they free from these hacking attempts? The thing is, these schemes, such as completing online paid surveys, are low profile internet transactions. Unlike Sony, there is no potential reason for the hack. Unless, of course, you are earning multi-million dollars online.
With money making online, you are simply dealing with a modest job that allows you to earn extra income. At the same time, you can also implement certain safety procedures in order to protect your information.
For one, you can just limit the amount of information that you can reveal online. Most online paid survey sites, such as Opinion Outpost and Swagbucks, do not require extremely private information. This can also be an indication of a potential rogue website upon signup. Usually, you need to provide login information, but not very detailed data which might include your exact address, or SSN. Be careful about providing this information online.
It is always better to create a different email for your online jobs. For instance, if you are doing paid surveys, make sure that you have an email account for this, as you might tend to receive a whole of emails from survey companies. You surely would not want to receive spam emails on your personal account.
At the same time, before registering with a website, make sure that you do your own personal research first on the background information of the company. These days, there are comparison and review websites which can provide you the detailed information that you need. You may also want to check whether or not these websites have complaints coming from other users. Being alert in providing information can prove to be a safety procedure which can protect you in any online transaction.