Hardly a day goes by without news of another hack attack or data breach.
The biggest recent hack, going by the number of users affected, belongs to Yahoo. In 2014, over 500 million accounts were compromised in one of the biggest data breaches in history.
But you don’t need action by alleged State sponsored hackers to be at risk.
Data can be at-risk if it’s simply too easy for someone to get to it, as demonstrated by the data breach that compromised 15,000 patient accounts at New Hampshire’s Department of Health and Human Services.
Nevada seems to have a problem too. Personal data of 12,000 medical marijuana patients was leaked from the State’s Medical Marijuana Portal.
Law firms aren’t immune to hack attacks either.
And then there was this story from Israel where hackers used stolen computer data to duplicate specific car keys for new Kia and Hyundai automobiles. The thieves drove around Jerusalem, and picked out the cars they wanted to steal. The bad guys then came back to those same cars at another time with the correct keys, and drove the vehicles away.
Protecting yourself and your data is really pretty simple. You have to use some common sense, and take advantage of some basic technology. That’s really all there is to it.
But don’t take my word for it.
Check out this blog post from Forbes Magazine, courtesy of Quora, of “4 Easy Ways To Protect Yourself Online”, and this blog post from Wired Magazine of “5 Totally Achievable Security Resolutions For The New Year.”
The common thread?
- Use a password manager
- Make backups
The lesson? You really don’t have to be another victim of a hack attack or a data breach. Just follow some basic guidelines and take control of your digital data so you don’t turn into another statistic.