If you pay attention to my million of Instagram stories, some of you may have seen that last week I took part in a very interesting social experiment. As part of Kaspersky Lab’s ‘Keep Your Digital Privacy’ campaign – I was set the challenge to not tell a lie for an entire week. You may think that is easy, well, pah! This meant as well as no big fat stinking lies, I couldn’t tell a little white lies, or lie by omission. I thought I had it in the bag. That it would be a breeze. Alas, I was taken by surprise as the week went on and by Sunday I had realised I had failed.
For the majority of the week I cruised on by. I must admit I ended up having some rather frank conversations. As well as possibly offering more detail and information I would have generally liked. I guess this was all part of the challenge hey. However, I am not sure this is something I will adopt in the long run – sorry guys but some details are best left un-shared. In all honesty though lies are a funny thing. Yes they can be told in spite and malice and trust can be broken when it comes to spilling secrets. Yet, they still do hold a place in society. A friend should be able to speak with you in confidence. You should be able to plan that surprise party. Even in some cases if you’re going to hurt someone by telling the truth it may just be wise to give it a miss.
The reason for this campaign was based on new research from Kaspersky Lab. This shows that four-in-five people believe that everyone has a secret they don’t want to reveal to others. Whilst and almost nine-in-ten concede it is very important to be able to maintain one’s privacy. Yet, it is getting more difficult to do so. In today’s increasingly connected world, three-quarters admit that keeping secrets private is more important than ever. However, the ramifications of a secret being revealed online as a result of a personal data privacy breach is increasingly stark: people fear financial ruin, loss of employment, reputational damage, losing friends and even the potential breakdown of a relationship. Despite the prevalence of high-profile data breaches, less than a third of respondents say they have strengthened their passwords. In fact, only a third admit to having up-to-date security protection on all their devices.
Do you have a secret you want to keep hidden?