I’m sure you’ve seen them, the increasingly large number of news reports that highlight people, organizations, and corporations all being compromised by some form of hack or compromise. These attacks have ranged from email lists or passwords being stolen to bank and credit card information being sold on the “dark web” or even worse, causing large blackouts and disrupting large power grids for thousands of people.
Well, I have some good news and bad news. The Bad news is that things are probably not going to get any better. In all likelihood, they will get worse. Internet connected devices are causing accidents, everyday there are thousands of “smart” devices added to user’s homes and cars, and more organizations (Dr.’s, lawyers, government) are moving their data (your information) out to the cloud. All of these things rely on the internet to work properly and this leaves them vulnerable to attack.
After reading that you may be saying to yourself, “There’s good news?”
Yes! There is good news! The good news is, there is really no reason to panic or worry.. So long as you are taking a few basic steps to stay safe on the internet. I will try and outline the most beneficial steps that you can take that will go a long way to keep you safe.