A Friendly Cybersecurity Chat

identity-thiefI recently had the honor of participating on a panel discussing cybersecurity for The Mia Connect Power Chat. This is a topic I follow, both as a gamer, a social media professional, and of course just a spectator watching the rapid evolution of the internet. The main message: be paranoid. Is it a pain to make a different complicated password for every single login under the sun? Yeah. But if you don’t? It’s just a matter of time, if you haven’t been hacked already. Even if you do, you’re not “safe”. There IS no “safe” anymore. I mean, not even chicken wings are sacred! Won’t somebody think of the chicken?!

I was in this chat as a civilian. As a victim of both the Target and Home Depot breaches (and as a gamer, because we gamers are at the forefront of a lot of this). I was actually aware of both those breaches before the retailers contacted me, and had cancelled my bank card days before Target emailed me suggesting I do so.  I try to stay informed about this stuff, because it scares me.

That’s why I get annoyed when the chain store at the mall asks for my name, address, phone number, email, and birthday, just to send “exclusive offers”. If they don’t NEED it, they shouldn’t be asking for it. For both our sakes. It was really great to hear from all the experts on this panel discussion, but also sobering. Because while I try to be due diligence about things, these guys have some big picture takes on where we’re headed that will really make you think. This stuff is serious, and it’s getting bigger every day.

 

 

I’m no expert, believe me, but I do recommend you set up a Google alert for, “data breach”. Trust me, it’ll be an eye-opener. Ignoring this isn’t going to make it go away.

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