Is your business prepared for the cost, liability and potential business interruption of a data breach? Your business being hit by ID-theft criminals is a frightening thought, but one you should consider. Thousands of small businesses experienced a data breach around the same time as Target was making headlines, according to a Department of Homeland Security report published in August.

Newer cars, USB drives and in-flight Internet are among the looming dangers cited for information and physical security at the recent 17th annual Black Hat Conference. It's the world's premier global information security event and one I follow closely.

The news headlines are filled with reports of hacking, data breaches, cybercrimes, and identity theft, and it feels like criminals find new ways to take advantage of any flaws in our technology every day. But there is a way to leverage how technology works, specifically social media accounts, in order to help protect your loved ones.

You’ve heard of taking a “selfie,” in which you take a picture of yourself and post it to social media. You might even be an avid fitness fanatic and therefore have even taken a “runfie,” which is the popular term for a photo of yourself before, during, or after any serious exercise effort. But if stealing smartphones with the intent of dumping their data and reselling them is your idea of a hobby, you’ve got a whole new photo op waiting for you: the “theftie.”

Cybercrime has become such a major global issue that many universities are now offering full degrees in the field. Covering everything from corporate security to military cyberwarfare, it’s an area of study that has a lot of students investigating it as a viable career choice.

With the constant news reports about hacking or data breaches, it can feel like cybersecurity is a wasted effort, but it’s not. While cyberthieves are getting very crafty about their practices and their intended targets, your own behavior can do a lot to minimize how much you’re affected.

There’s a really funny series of commercials out right now for a popular car insurance company, featuring a sweet older lady who just doesn’t understand how her computer works. She gives a number of comedic examples of how “tech savvy” she thinks she is, often while her friends look on, shaking their heads.


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