Technology can play a huge part in making a better, and more
Today is Safer Internet Day and the theme this year is "Let's
create a better internet together".
Personally, I like the idea of a "better" internet. And
while a safer internet should always be a priority for all users, a
better internet hints at the altruistic side of the digital
world, and its potential to help others and society as a whole.
Many people say the internet and smartphones have eroded our
community's spirit and are playing a large part in the collapse of
relationships and the death of society. I say that technology can
play a huge part in making a better, and more efficient society.
Take grocery shopping. In the pre-internet era, a simple trip to the
supermarket was often a scary and dangerous experience. Some of the
many hazards to be navigated included unruly rogue trolleys, kids
screaming for the sugary treats that were displayed cunningly at their
eye level and the demoralizing possibility of picking the slowest
checkout queue. These days all of that can be sidestepped by ordering
your groceries online and having them delivered to your doorstep. Now
that's a better internet in action.
There are countless Facebook groups, forums and YouTube channels
dedicated to helping people get answers to simple questions, from
fixing broken electronics to sharing knowledge about software products
How can you help someone online? Start a blog, contribute to
community forums and online discussions. You never know who might
benefit from your knowledge.
On a more technical note you still need to use strong
passwords. If you use a password manager (free of commercial) you
can create separate/strong password for each site. This will be a
godsend when a hacker finally breaks into site xyz, they can't use
your username and password for other sites you use.
See you online.