It always starts with a simple question: Why me?
People get hacked, identities and credit cards get stolen, but it happened to someone else. It won’t happen to you, right?
Maybe, or maybe not…yet.
Whether it’s at conference or a meeting, I always hear a variation of the same phrase:
I know [he/she] had his [credit card/account/cloud] used [last week/month/year], but it hasn’t happened to me - I must not be important enough to target.
My answer is usually the same - why were they important enough?
A lot of people assume that it’s only high profile individuals that are targeted by hackers. While this is often the case, a large portion of attacks happen to regular people. Between identity theft and credit card fraud, personal e-mails to clouds, anyone and everyone can be a target.
Some are targeted for monetary reasons - their credit cards, ATM pin code, or even the occasional Bitcoin password.
Others may be attacked for fun, or to get closer to someone with a higher profile - posting private pictures, making posts on social media, using social engineering to get closer to the actual target.
It’s difficult to tell if you, personally, will become a target. The best you can do is protect yourself. While that may not stop you from becoming a target, it will make it that much more difficult for someone to steal, or access, your personal information. If it’s too much effort, they may even move on.
With this in mind, we are happy to launch Security Tips for the Everyday User.
With every post, we will be going over a tip, or tips, that you may use to better protect yourself in the cyber world.
Click here to browse our Everyday Security tips.