Security by Obscurity
- THE REALITY: You are not a security expert. Any knowledgable hacker, if they wanted to, can exploit anything they wanted to that is on the internet. Your
defense can be defined as 'Security by Obscurity'. Basically you are safe because you are not someone that is targetable such as a popular public offical or
government representative. To further prove this point, say you routinely walk down the same street every day, you are also vulnerable to a professional
UFC fighter or martial arts expert, they could basically take you down and take full advantage of the average person by force. But how probable do you
think this is? Not very. Likewise, a skilled hacker is probably not targeting you either, so there is no reason to fear a physical or
- Many things CAN happen to you at anytime, at any place, in any way in the physical world, but there is no reason to fear or walk around
scared because you have realized by experience that you are safe doing these activities and the probability/risk of danger is quite low, so you
continue with your life as normal. This scenario is similar to hacking attempts in the digital world, you still use Facebook, buy things
online, and even read this website with a certain level of comfort knowing that the risk is low. So with this in mind, do not fear the internet.
What you can control
- Keep your Windows/Mac/Android/iOS device updated with the current critical automatic updates
- Never open or download any attachments from email recipients you are unfamiliar with.
- Never click on advertisements around websites you know are not well known and trusted.
- Always look for a HTTPS/SSL url link ANYTIME you are entering sensitive into a website for any reason.
- Store your vast array of internet passwords in a safe place, either on paper somewhere in your house or a password manager app like Pocket or 1Password.
- Change your passwords often to sensitive sites, set these with reminders on your phone or any way that works best for you to remember.
- Do not use Peer to Peer (P2P) programs like Limewire, Frostwire, Bearshare, etc, not only can you accidentally download illegal content but you can expose your computer to anyone that wants to cruise around your computer's files if you accidentally shared the wrong folder to the public.
- Never give out Personally Identifiable Information (PII) through email link or phone calls. Call back a trusted legitimate number associated with the account to provide any needed info.
- When using websites that contain highly sensitive information such as online banks/student loan info/pay stub info, make sure their site supports anti-keyloggers and scrambled virtual keypads to enter sensitive passwords or PINs, bottom line, if you have any doubt, DONT!
- Avoid logging onto sensitive websites on public WIFI networks such as coffee houses, cyber cafes, or public computers.