Phishing attack, spoofing attempt, ransomware, botnets… the lingo surrounding technology can be pretty strange, but it can all lead back to a very real threat to your data if you’re not on top of it. Even worse, new technology and new methods of attack appear practically every day, making it hard for even the most highly-skilled IT professionals to stay ahead of the game.
One of the earliest large-scale social media sites, MySpace, suffered a data breach that may have occurred as early as 2013 but was only discovered in 2016. The stolen information was found for sale on a black market data website and contained usernames, email addresses, and passwords to an estimated 360 million user accounts. When the announcement of the breach was made, a lot of people shared the same initial thought: “Do I still have a MySpace account?”
When it comes to protecting our privacy and staying safe online, new data from the Pew Research Center shows that too many of us aren’t as savvy as we think. The need for strong passwords, the dangers of connecting to public wifi, even the ability to spot common scams are topics that many people aren’t familiar with.
You can take lots of steps to avoid malware and cyberattacks on the devices you own. But how can you protect your online safety when you use public computers at your local library, school, cyber café, or hotel lobby?
You consider yourself internet-savvy, right? You’d never fall for one of those phishing emails from some Nigerian “prince” who wants to give you his entire family fortune if you’ll just send your bank account number and a $5,000 transfer fee. But some email scams aren’t that obvious. In fact, sometimes spotting fake emails can be harder than a game of Where’s Waldo in a room full of red-and-white striped shirts.
As the weather turns warmer, many people start looking around at their home improvement projects and “spruce-ups” that they’ve put off through the winter.
Here at the Identity Theft Resource Center, we try to focus on ways the public can minimize their risk of identity theft and being hacked while also acknowledging that sometimes this crime is completely out of their hands.