2. ‘I’m much better than hackers you see in movies.’
Anytime a hacker in a film wants to break into a system, the person will type a bunch of characters, and they’re in. It really can be that easy. I tell you all the time that reusing passwords is dangerous. Here’s why. Say you use the same password across a few sites, and then one site is breached.
Your login credentials go up for sale on the Dark Web. Everyone who gets their hands on your credentials tries that same username and password combination on other sites.
Just like that, your sensitive info, private documents, and personal conversations are in the hands of a hacker. They’ll use your account to send out spam, scams, or phishing attempts directed at your contacts.
“Great,” you think, “this coffee shop has free Wi-Fi.” Crooks use public Wi-Fi to spy on you and other unsuspecting users who join the network. These “honeypot” networks are designed to steal your information.
Are you checking your bank account on the store or airport’s free Wi-Fi? A criminal can walk away with your login credentials and ransack your account. For banking, stick to the app on your phone and use your cell phone’s data connection when you’re out and about.
It’s a sad truth, but your family could make you vulnerable to hackers. Say your kids have your Netflix password, and one shares it with a friend. The friend shares it with someone else. Before you know it, your go-to streaming password is floating around.
When it comes to young ones or the less tech-savvy people in your life, they may not be able to spot red flags as well as you can. One errant click can lead to scams, malware or worse.
Cybersecurity should be a familiar affair. Share this article with the people in your life, and you’ll all be safer.
5. ‘I look for posts showing expensive purchases or vacations.’
Sharing is not caring when it comes to cybersecurity. Posts that seem innocuous can have a cybercriminal seeing money signs.
By all means, share your thoughts and memes online. But does anyone need to know about your pricey new watch or the nice vacation you’re on? No, they don’t. Share these things in private messages with people you trust.
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