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Cyber Hacking

What exactly is Cyber Hacking? 

 

When we think of a criminal, we tend to imagine a thug with a gun and a mask.  However in the world of computing a cyber criminal can look just the boy or girl next door.  In general a cyber hacker is an individual who has a vast knowledge of computers and the internal workings of the internet.  They know how to break password code, take over your email, hold websites hostage and cause great amount of grief to those they hack.  Cyber hackers also are responsible for sending out destructive viruses that so many have been afflicted with.

Unfortunately,  there is no way to stop this behaviour, but you can protect yourself by changing passwords frequently, never, and I mean NEVER put your password
on a form that doesn't have HTTPS (the "s" after the http, stands for secure--and even then, only give your password to sites you know and trust. 

It is also a very good idea to never use the same password for sensitive sites like your bank, 
paypal, or ebay that you would use for nonsensitive sites like bookclub of the month, learn what your name means, etc.  Those sites are more easily hacked than ones that have stronger security. 

Identity Theft

How could Idenity Theft affect me?

 

Imagine you are on a social media site and you click an innocent looking link.  All of a sudden, without you even knowing it,  a 30 something, online thief from Nigeria has every file stored on your computer including, your  Tax records, Social Security number, Address, Bank passwords, Credit Card Numbers and any other files you have on your device.

It can happen to anyone and IT CAN HAPPEN TO YOU!  Luckily we offer services that remove cookies (Stored data) that could be harmful if someone ,other than you, got a hold of them.

Keep Files Secure

Why do I need security?

 

Unauthorized access to the information on your computer, cell phone, tablet or portable storage devices can be carried out remotely, if the 'intruder' is able to read or modify your data over the Internet; or physically, if he manages to get hold of your hardware. You can protect yourself against either type of threat by improving the physical and network security of your data, how can you protect your computer from this type of theivery, or protect your information from physical threats?  It is always best to have several layers of defense.  However, this is why you should also protect the files themselves, that way your sensitive information is likely to remain safe even if your other security efforts prove inadequate.

 

There are two general approaches to the challenge of securing your data in this way. You can encrypt your files, making them unreadable to anyone but you, or you can hide them in the hope that an intruder will be unable to find your sensitive information. There are tools to help you with either approach, including a FOSS application called TrueCrypt, which can both encrypt and hide your files.

 

But even the basic of safety protocols are rarely seen on the average persons computer these days.  The average computer user is WIDE OPEN for their sensitive data to be stolen…every day MILLIONS of people fall victim to internet fraud!  DON’T BE ONE OF THEM!