The article explain What are Technology Mistakes or LimiTECH (Limiting Technical) Beliefs? how it impacts and how to overcome from it.
Have you ever completed an online transaction right after you had an argument with your significant other, your kids, parents? Was it out of spite? Anger? Revenge?
Have you clicked on a random link because you just wanted to, after a bad day at your job or after you just felt cranky?
Or have you ever given out your personal information because you were distracted? And the moment you hit enter you regret it.
Online regret is a reality! I have experienced it a lot and it can trigger negative thinking. Does this happen to you as well?
And once you start feeling that regret, these and other thoughts start to fill your mind:
Why did I do that?
How could I be this foolish?
Am I not smart?
Why can’t I get this?
Depending on the situation, there are some practical options to take to save yourself from that regretful decision:
- You could cancel the transaction right away
- You could return the items if possible
- You could even call the vendor or your credit card company to evaluate alternatives.
However, there are cases when it seems there is nothing you can do about it, then what?
Online regret is really similar to regret in everyday life situations. It’s like all those times I ate a whole cake and stuffed my face with ice cream and then I felt so bad afterwards. I had to suffer the consequences of my actions, whether it was getting a stomachache or feeling bloated.
Can you relate?
For me, sometimes, regret comes so quickly like an avalanche rolling down the mountain. In some moments, when I don’t react in the way I want to or when I don’t address a heated situation in the best way.
The reality is we can’t always control everything that happens in our life or our cyber world. Yet, we can choose how to react in many situations.
What can you do after making a regrettable online mistake (technology mistakes) you can’t seem to cancel or take back?
Some of the Technolgy mistakes are
If you clicked a malicious link on your device
Phishing attacks are one of the most common types of cyberattacks today. (And it is considered to be a very important technology mistake). They often come disguised as emails, text messages, or even phone calls. These malicious links attempt to trick people into giving up sensitive information like usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, social security numbers, etc.
If you think you’ve been hit by a phishing email, it’s important to know what to do next. Here are the steps you need to take if you clicked a phishing link or opened a malicious file.
- Don’t panic. This isn’t something life threatening, just make sure to keep calm and carry on.
- Disconnect your device from your home router or modem. You don’t want to spread the virus to other devices connected to the same network. If you’re using a wired Internet connection, then simply unplug it from your computer or notebook. If your device is connected via Wi-Fi, then turn off the wireless access point.
- Contact your IT department. Your IT team will be able to help identify where the threat originated and determine whether or not your computer is infected. If this happens at home, look for signs of infection. If you see anything suspicious, such as unfamiliar software, strange files, or unexpected pop ups, then you might be dealing with a malware infection.
- Remove the virus. Once you’ve confirmed that there is indeed a problem, you’ll want to remove the malware. There are many different ways to do this, depending on the type of malware. For example, some viruses require you to reboot your system, while others don’t.
- Update your anti-virus program. Make sure that your anti-malware program is updated regularly. Malicious programs tend to change over time, making older versions less effective.
If you gave away your social security number
Credit monitoring is something we don’t think about much until there’s a problem. This is another type of technology mistake we do. But now that we’re living in a world where data breaches are commonplace, it’s worth taking some steps to make sure your personal information isn’t out there somewhere.
If you suspect somebody has your SSN — whether they stole it or you gave it to someone else — it’s important to take action immediately. Your best bet is to contact the company that holds your records and ask them to put a fraud alert on your account. This will prevent anyone from opening a new account in your name.
The next step is to sign up for a free credit report from one of the three major bureaus — Experian, TransUnion, or Equifax. These reports contain detailed information about your financial history, including your payment history, balances, payments, etc. They’ll also include a list of recent accounts opened in your name.
Once you’ve obtained a copy of your credit report, check it carefully. Look for any unauthorized charges, fraudulent activity, or accounts that weren’t yours. If you find something suspicious, call the number listed on your report and dispute the charge(s).
Next, you’ll want to place a security freeze on your file. A security freeze prevents creditors from accessing your credit report unless you specifically authorize them to do so. To place a freeze, go to www.annualcreditreport.com and follow the instructions.
Finally, you’ll want to monitor your credit score closely. There are many companies that offer free credit scores online, such as Credit Karma, WalletHub, and Scorecard Research or you simply can check it directly with the three major bureaus — Experian, TransUnion, or Equifax. Monitor your score regularly to ensure no negative trends develop. This is a free service that doesn’t affect your credit score.
If you answered an scammer phone call
Our smartphone is our most important device. It’s where we store your contacts, photos, documents and even financial information. And while it’s hard to imagine life without it, it’s also incredibly easy to lose control over our digital assets. Depending on the type of situation there are different actions to take.
If you received a phone call and started to give away your information and all of the sudden you realize you have been a victim of fraud, the first thing to remember is hang off and to contact your bank immediately. They can usually freeze the funds being taken out of your account and prevent any more money from leaving your bank account. I prefer using a credit card for all of my transactions instead of using a debit card.
The next step is to report the incident to the police, either online or via telephone. This will give the police a record of the incident and allow them to investigate. Having a police report is also important if future crimes are committed using your information.
No matter what was the mistake, it is crucial that we decide to be gentle on ourselves, to think and reflect about what happened and why it happened and to create a plan to avoid this in the future. This is what I did the last time I found myself binge eating.
I turned on my essential oil diffuser and took a few minutes to breathe and contemplate my surroundings.
Reconnecting with myself reminded me why it is so important to Be Intentional, Aware and Mindful Be I AM when we use technology. Listen to my new podcast show Cyber Mindful with Sandra for more details on how to Be I AM online and offline. Use your favorite podcast platform.
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I invite you to decide to use a word that can center you when I make online purchases or transactions. I use Be I AM and I love it so much that I even put stickers on my credit card, wallet, computer, phone and in any area I know will make a difference to remember me to Be I AM!
What techniques do you use to get “yourself connected” and present when using your technology? Type in the comments below.
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