The new TV show, “Mr. Robot,” which is all about hacking and security is also all about new opportunities. So far the show is an entertaining take on a morphine-addicted hacker. As a hacker he has all sorts of opportunities, but has to make choices about other people’s lives based on his ability to hack their private information. If it weren’t for way-too-many commercials during the show, I’d be a convinced and loyal fan. Certainly there are people all around the world (if not your next door neighbor) who can also hack through online security systems just like Mr. Robot. Yeah, that means you’re vulnerable. So the show is entertainment, but also about something very real.
Where does that leave the average person who wants the convenience of online life and is willing to believe. “there will always be a few bad apples, but for the most part the internet is pretty safe?” It leaves that person “pretty insecure.” Oddly it is exactly that belief, the belief that most online activity is too mundane to be of any use to a hacker, that leads to the slow accumulation of information about a person. Accumulated and combined mundane details, in the hands of a skilled hacker, are the basic currency of access. Those many small pieces of information add up to patterns that pinpoint vulnerability and offer the hacker lots of opportunity.
About The Digital Backdoor At Your House
What can be done? On your private home network there are best practices that can actually keep you “pretty safe.” If you use the most recent operating system and change the name of your router’s default ID, which is also called the (SSID) or service set identifier you are beginning to be secure. Also change the preset password on that router to a secure new password, turn on the firewall in your operating system and select the WPA2 or WPA options for the router’s security level. If you do these things, or get someone to help you do them, you will be secure. * (do take a look at the footnote)
How You Become A Security Mavin With Ease
But what about all those networks you use out there on the cloud? How secure are you on them? The easy answer is: Not Very Secure. What can a person do about protecting identity and valuables on the larger web? Well, there isn’t a pat answer that says, “do this, do that, and do this and you’ll be safe.” Security on the larger web of networks is a moving target. There are continuous changes that make security fixes less than durable. The best approach to ongoing security online is to stay in touch with those things security experts are saying about new issues – as the issues come up.
I know that suggestion sounds a bit geeky, but let me propose a few simple ways of connecting with security experts. Since you can’t just put a few simple software pieces in place and then forget about internet security, here are three blogs that allow you to easily keep track of industry trends, latest security breaches, product overviews and zero-day threats (new Trojan horses).
First and foremost is the blog, “Krebs on Security.” Brian Krebs was a reporter for the Washington Post who “fell into” security when he himself was hacked in 2001. Since then he has made a career out of reporting on security issues.
Second, is the blog, “Schneier on Security.” Bruce Schneier has been writing about security issues since 1996. He writes books, articles and academic papers about security and is also a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center. Bruce provides a well reasoned position on most security issues.
Third, is the blog, “TaoSecurity,” Richard Bejtich’s blog on “digital security, strategic thought, and military history.” Richard has been blogging about security at Blogger since 2003. He is the Chief Security Strategist at FireEye and he writes from a corporate perspective.
Your Prosperous Future On A Silver Platter
It’s worth bookmarking these three blogs and taking a peak at them every couple of weeks just to see what they are writing about. After all, there is a deep and interesting discussion going on all around the globe about security in the digital world. But you don’t need to hook into this discussion as a casual reader with a tenuous interest in geek talk, you need to keep track of this discussion so you know what is possible and what is dangerous. That’s how you avoid being a victim of Mr. Robot-like hackers.
But there’s another reason to hook into the security discussion. There are some phenomenal opportunities just ahead in the digital world that are based on groups sharing valuable information and trusting fellow network members over cloud-based networks. Some of these opportunities are likely to present “change-your-life” type events. Yet these opportunities will only happen as their network security problems are worked out. So, if you follow security issues, chances are you’ll get an early heads up about many new online opportunities as they arise. That makes monitoring the global security conversation well worth you while.
*(important footnote) I told you that to be secure on your home network you need to keep your operating system up to date. Since Windows is just now releasing a new version (Windows is an operating system) before you update to this newest version, you may want to look at the security issues you need to consider. Take a look at this.