2014 was the year of hacks, here are some of the highlights:
- The Bitcoin exchange Mt.Gox filed for bankruptcy after $460 million was apparently stolen by hackers due to "weaknesses in their system"
- Retail stores were hacked including:
- Home Depot
- Jimmy John's
- Banks were hacked
- JPMorgan Chase, info stolen for 83 million accounts
- Healthcare was hacked
- Community Health Systems which operates 206 hospitals in 29 states had 4.5 million people's personal data stolen
- Apple "photos" was hacked, 500 private celebrity pictures stolen and later posted on the internet
- It was the year of "Heartbleed" and "Shellshock" and an Internet Explorer bug, that left every version since Internet Explorer 6 open to hack
- and of course the Sony hack
So for 2015 I am going all in on encouraging "Internet Security Best Practices"What you can do to stay (somewhat) secure
- Start with secure passwords, don't use the same password anywhere twice on the internet
- I can't recommend highly enough a program like 1Password. Yes it will cost you a few bucks up front, but the ability to have secure, easy to access passwords on all your devices is more than worth it. This is one of the first apps I install on every new device.
- Use "2-factor verification" on all your email accounts. Gmail has it, Apple has it, use it. Makes it very difficult for a hacker to ever access your emails.
- And remember that nothing is really private on the internet!
- That text you sent, is saved on a server somewhere, and can be recalled at any time
- that email you thought was private, can be used against you in a court case one day
- Your Facebook/Pinterest/LinkedIn posts, even with privacy settings, they can be seen by others
- even your phone calls are easily intercepted and recorded these days...
And on that negative note, I actually look forward to 2015! I think that great things are going to happen this year! Business is booming, I'm busier than ever (and no longer a one person operation!) and I look forward to talking at you very soon!