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Let the User Beware: You're Responsible for Your Cybersecurity
Posted By David Inserra On August 8, 2012 @ 4:00 pm In Security | Comments Disabled
It is said that a wise man learns from the mistakes of others. If that is the case, the U.S. would be wise to learn from the scary story of Mat Honan, a senior writer at the technology news publication Wired. Honan is a technologically savvy guy, but with only a few pieces of easily attainable information, hackers effectively destroyed his digital life . His iPhone, iPad, and Mac were completely erased, his email account deleted, and his Twitter feed used to send vulgar messages. Luckily, the hackers were not interested in his bank accounts, but merely hacking for laughs, or “lulz.”
Seeking the facts, Honan actually contacted his hacker and received a step-by-step account of how easy it was for the hacker to accomplish all of this. His colleagues at Wired were able to replicate these steps, showing just how easy it is to steal sensitive information and infiltrate a computer.
For individuals, this is an important lesson in personal cyber awareness and cyber hygiene. For many online, it is easy to think of all the benefits of the Internet—nearly all the information you could want at your fingertips, email, easy access to banking, financial, or other personal accounts, social media—but forget the risks that technology brings. There are cyber criminals out there who want steal your money or your identity, and there are hackers who simply want to mess with you. Regardless, Americans should make sure they are doing common-sense things to protect themselves online.
Cybersecurity legislation  recently died in the Senate , but no amount of laws or regulations can secure individuals’ computers. Individuals bear the responsibility to make sure they are taking steps to reduce their risk online. Businesses would be wise to make sure their employees are educated in cyber threats, so as to avoid costly and embarrassing hacks.
Here are a few things everyone can do to lower their risk online:
The fact that it happened to a knowledgeable guy like Mat Honan should serve as ample reason for each American to make sure they are doing the right things to better protect themselves on the Internet.
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 destroyed his digital life: http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/08/apple-amazon-mat-honan-hacking/
 Cybersecurity legislation: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2012/07/cybersecurity-act-of-2012-revised-cyber-bill-still-has-problems
 died in the Senate: http://blog.heritage.org../../../../../2012/08/02/the-president-shouldnt-override-the-congress-on-cybersecurity/
 layer of security: https://support.google.com/accounts/bin/answer.py?hl=en&topic=1056283&answer=180744&rd=1
 Dropbox: https://www.dropbox.com/
 Carbonite: http://www.carbonite.com/en/
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