Why You Should Assume Your Data Will Be Stolen
Over the last few weeks, attacks on Target, Home Depot and JPMorgan Chase have been the victims of cyberattacks. These are major institutions that hold some of the most valuable customer information available. While the immediacy and functionality of online banking has made it a major convenience, it has also left our bank accounts and other financial information at more risk than ever before.
This month is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and it seems like an appropriate time to discuss it. Today Symantec is rumored to be looking into splitting their cybersecurity business into its own company, one it will likely try and sell based on quotes from company officials who have called antivirus software useless and worth very little money.
The vulnerabilities to these systems are more present than ever before, and the companies we turn to in the hopes of protecting us from these crimes are failing in more ways than one.
What should we do about the rise in cyberattacks? Prepare for them and assume we’re next.
It’s clear that we can’t hope we will be lucky enough to get by without our information being compromised. JPMorgan Chase is one of the most powerful banking institutions in the world and if they were successfully attacked then what does that say about your bank?
Now is the time to be proactive. Change your passwords, make them all different and develop them pass the bare minimum. Sure it’s annoying, but would you rather take the time to do so as opposed to losing your banking information?
Backup your hard drives and contacts; you never know when those might corrupted. Cloud services are convenient, but they too have vulnerabilities. Taking these steps now will help avoid headaches in the future that we all know are going to reach us eventually.
Posted by Matt Holden on Oct 08, 2014