Living part of our lives in an online world means sharing more information than we used to. From providing credit card details when shopping online to storing your name and address in multiple databases in the internet world, we have a lot more need for identity protection these days.
If you have a device that you don’t use daily, you might be surprised to see it running slow when you’ve booted it up after several days. You might even think that your computer needs servicing or should be replaced because it keeps locking up on you.
If you’ve watched any sci-fi movies, like I, Robot or the Terminator series, you probably understand the perceived dangers of the digital world. Primarily the unrealistic dangers of artificial intelligence. Now, I’m not saying that AI won’t be a threat in the future but it’s important to note that right now the people using the Internet pose a much bigger threat than an incoming Robo-Apocalypse. And I’m not just talking about cybercriminals. Regular, everyday human error is what poses the most dangerous threat to your cybersecurity.
I remember the first time my dad gave me a box of tools. I was moving out for the first time, and he gave me a box filled with an old hammer, two screwdrivers (one flathead, the other Phillips head), a rusty wrench, and a tape measure. It wasn’t much but it showed me that he wanted to make sure that I was ok. He gave me those tools so that I could fix any problems that came up in my time away from him.
Installing patches and updates for your operating system is one of the vital best practices for good cybersecurity. Approximately 60% of data breaches occur because people haven’t installed an available patch, leaving their system at risk.
Every October we recognize Cybersecurity Awareness Month (CAM), which is an effort by the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Agency (CISA) and the National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCSA) to increase awareness about the importance of cybersecurity at home and work.
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Many online services allow users to reset their passwords by clicking a link sent via SMS, and this widespread practice has turned mobile phone numbers into de facto identity documents. Which means losing control over one thanks to a divorce, job termination, or financial crisis can be devastating.