The Data Blog
With the recent Twitter account hacks of notable celebrities and politicians such as Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and Kanye West, the question of "can you ever be too secure?" comes to light. Notable people with millions of followers on Twitter were being hacked, so why can't it happen to you? Even if your accounts aren't the ones being directly hacked, what if you're a victim of an indirect hacking? Many Twitter users were tricked into sending over bitcoin to the person behind these celebrity account hacks, so despite not even being touched, their information and assets were rendered vulnerable.
While the cyber security industry is certainly seeing improvements over time, computer hackers are also becoming more advanced in how they can steal information or assets from the general public. They've evolved from spam emails and phone calls, which many people still fall for, to password cracking, IP tracing, and webcam spying over the years and soon may hit the next big thing as well.
So how do you keep your information secure? Here are a few quick tips you can try!
1) Make sure your password is different for every website/account you have
2) Keep your virus protector and anti-malware subscriptions up-to-date
3) Don't click any links on social media, emails, or other websites that you don't recognize
4) Don't connect to public WiFi when you have sensitive information that can be easily accessed
5) Remember you aren't above cyber security; just because it hasn't happened to you yet, doesn't mean it won't.