Computers, Mice, and Keyboards (Oh my)

internet-of-things

By Jacob Stone

There are pros and cons to anything, including technology. There are also many view points on technology ranging from technology should be everywhere all the time, to technology is the work of the devil. Some of the myths and horror stories you may, or may not, have heard could be false and completely made up, or they could actually be true. Lots of people don’t really even understand how the internet really even works. Some of the real dangers on the internet are identity/credit card theft, hackers, and the infamous internet trolls.

First I will explain how to prevent these problems from happening to you so that may have a much safer and more pleasurable internet experience. First of all to protect yourself from theft on the internet you should never put any personal information on an unverified website.  Well known and established websites like Facebook, Eharmony, or Ebay are fine, but be sure it’s not some sketchy website a Nigerian prince told you about to get lots and lots of free money. All jokes aside, you should also not believe everything you hear such as spam phone calls, I have gotten a phony phone call about a dozen times about paying my student loans… I am a

All jokes aside, you should also not believe everything you hear such as spam phone calls. I have personally received a phony phone call about a dozen times regarding paying my student loans… I am a 17-year-old senior in high school. I have no student loans and no desire to pay them either. The second danger I mentioned was hackers. What are hackers exactly? Well, hackers come in many shapes and forms. If you are into online games, you may have heard the term script kiddie. This term is referring to a very inexperienced hacker that uses scripts to alter a game to do things it’s not really supposed to. These scripts are generally made by more experienced hackers known as Black hat hackers. These hackers are the real deal they know

The second danger I mentioned was hackers. What are hackers exactly? Well, hackers come in many shapes and forms. If you are into online games, you may have heard the term script kiddie. This term is referring to a very inexperienced hacker that uses scripts to alter a game to do things it’s not really supposed to. These scripts are generally made by more experienced hackers known as Black hat hackers. These hackers are the real deal they know their way around the internet and are very experienced at an art known as coding. Everything you see in games, websites, and any other thing on the internet you could think of consist of two things: graphic design and coding. There are also many types of coding such as java script, and Python just to list a few, but there are tons of different codes to code in. Codes are a kind of like languages you can do virtually the same thing with all of them but different symbols mean different things, and some of them require a string in a different order to do the same thing.

Codes are a kind of like language. You can do virtually the same thing with all of them, but different symbols mean different things. Also, some of them require a string in a different order to do the same thing. It’s very complicated and hard to do, but there are many sources out there to help you learn more than I could ever explain. \

The third and final danger I mentioned are internet trolls. If you are easily offended or emotionally damaged I would recommend you avoid trolls at all cost. Some are worse than others, but the internet can be an unforgiving place to be because people can hide behind a monitor and say whatever they want without consequences. If you ever find yourself set against an internet troll, almost every social media and gaming software are built with a block and report button. Blocking the person stops them from annoying or hurting you, and reporting them stops them from doing it to everyone else. Remember these tips when you visit the internet or use technology in general, stay safe and have fun.

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