How much do you know about computer security? Did you know that without a firewall or anti virus protection, your computer is like an open book for prying eyes? In no way do I intend to scare you, but unfortunately it’s the honest truth. In today’s world, where everything is computerized, anyone is a potential hacker target. Even multinational corporations feel the wrath of hackers every once in a while. The Internet is a mad creation when you start thinking in these patterns.
The mere thought of being a hacker target is probably enough for most people to stay off the Internet altogether. Some people don’t even want to use their credit card in fear that they will run the risk of having it hijacked. There are few things that feel as violating as having your identity snatched in front of your eyes. The scary thing is that there is almost nothing you can do about it to protect yourself once it has happened. All that’s left to do is block and cancel all your cards and get new ones. It’s not a very fun endeavor. It’s like having your entire life suspended until you get your new cards.
Did you know you have a 69% chance of becoming a hacker target throughout your life? It’s a scary thought, isn’t it? To further scare the pants off of you, 47% of all identity theft is committed by someone who the victim knows. So how is that possible, and how do they do it? If we continue to talk identity theft statistics, it boils down to 60% of victims having their computer or trash raided. Only 15% of identity theft is committed through hacker targets getting their wallets stolen.
In order to protect yourself, the best thing you can do is to study and learn the ways hackers operate. You can significantly lower the risk of becoming a target by having a look at a fresh infographic presented by Solera Networks called Are You A Hacker’s Target? You will be able to learn the different methods they use, and by learning those, you can become a little more aware. The one rule to always remember is that you can never be too cautious.
Hackers and crackers have become so sophisticated these days that even the most advanced technologies serve as no significant protection from these digital pirates. Remember to keep all your protection software up-to-date, and always keep it in your mind that someone can always find a way through it. Don’t store information and assets on your computer that are of significant importance to you. If you do, it’s a catastrophe waiting to happen.
Solera Networks’ Hacker Target Infographic
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