The Data Blog
Within the cyber world, there are many myths that exist about cybersecurity and how it impacts you. Today we explore several of them and debunk those which are not true!
Myth #1: I am immune from being hacked because I am up to date on my own cyber defense and anti-malware programs.
Truth: Nobody is immune to cyberattacks, despite how strong or up to date they are on their anti-virus or anti-malware software. Hackers and cyberterrorists are constantly scheming and coming up with new ways to trick or hack into unsuspecting victims to get their personal information. Thus, it is not only important to keep up to date with your own cyber defenses, but the best practices and recent news within the cyber world.
Myth #2: To keep my online data private and secure, I just need to be aware of my own cyber presence.
Truth: While the best way to keep your data safe is to ensure your own cyber data and presence are well maintained, you must not forget to keep your real life data confined as well. Any indication of what your passwords or security answers being passed within earshot to anyone with malicious intent can backfire very quickly for you. To best protect yourself against cyberattacks, make sure you're staying safe, both online and offline.
Myth #3: I don't have anything worth protecting so I won't be hacked.
Truth: Everyone has something worth protecting; any private data is worth protecting. Any assets you have are worth protecting. Not only is your cyber profile at risk, but your identity itself as well as all of your belongings are too. Cyberterrorists, hackers, or anyone with malicious intent do not care who they take from as long as it benefits them, thus they will take as little or as much as they possibly can, meaning everyone is fair game to be targeted.
We hope debunking some of these myths about cybersecurity practices is helpful, and look out for more content for cybersecurity awareness month!