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What Mr. Pierson describes is low-hanging fruit — the kind of security flaws that can quickly be fixed with a little knowledge and attention to detail. Even then, he said, it takes time for the true nature of clients’ vulnerability to sink in. “They’re shocked when we give them their password and tell them where we found it, but it doesn’t hit as hard as when we tell them their entire home automation system has been potentially online and viewable for three or five or eight years,” he said.
When it comes to a Bezos-style breach — potentially at the hands of a nation-state’s intelligence service — high-profile targets would likely be even less prepared. As Mr. Bezos’s lengthy investigation into the 2018 attack shows, it’s difficult to get straight answers even when you have the money and resources to run full forensics.
Of course, it’s not just wealth that turns somebody into a person of interest for hackers. Journalists, government employees, workers at energy companies and utilities could all be targets for someone. Those who work for financial firms, airlines, hospitals, universities, Hollywood studios and tech firms are all potentially at risk. To mitigate that risk, there are plenty of things you can do. You can take steps to secure yourself from corporate data collection using privacy settings on your phone. And to protect yourself from cyberattacks there are helpful guides you can use that have been vetted by security professionals.
For most of us, the attack against Mr. Bezos isn’t the death of privacy, but a reminder of the risks of living a connected life. It should be a moment to think as critically about what you do online as you might in the real world. Invest in a password manager. Turn on dual factor authentication. Be skeptical of any communication that looks out of place.
For the ultrarich and influential, the Bezos hack should be a terrifying revelation that, as the former State Department employee and whistle-blower John Napier Tye told me last autumn, “For someone who’s truly a high-value target, there is no way to safely use a digital device.” The stakes are astronomically high. Not just personally, as Mr. Bezos found, but professionally. Company secrets, matters of national security, access to critical infrastructure and the safety of employees could all be compromised by lax security at the top.
The internet has long been thought of as a truly democratic tool, flattening and democratizing the ability to publish and communicate. It’s also the great privacy equalizer. Money can buy a lot of things. But on a dangerous internet full of exploits, flawed code, shady actors and absent-minded humans, total, foolproof security is not one of them.
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La Salle County’s Out of Darkness suicide prevention walk brought a community together Saturday both emotionally and physically.
Ashton Blumenthal, 21, of Ottawa, walked through a large crowd with a sign designating themselves with donation team “Northern Lights” and a colorfully written “Free Hugs” on the back.
“A couple of people (have accepted the hugs),” Blumenthal said. “Everyone deserves to feel loved.”
The “Northern Lights” group was created by Cassidy Downey and was one of 40 created to raise money for The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Blumenthal’s neck was covered in a variety of different beads with a mix of hues, each with a different meaning behind the color.
The teal beads represented support of another who has struggled with or attempted suicide, the dark blue beads represented general support for suicide prevention, the purple beads represented the loss of a relative or friend and the green represented a personal struggle.
Blumenthal acknowledged that thoughts about love from family and friends help him through the more difficult moments, as do events like the one held in Ottawa on Saturday.
“It’s very important to spread awareness because there’s still a lot of wrong assumptions about suicidal attempts. It’s more common than people assume which is not good,” Blumenthal said. “I do think events like this where everyone is much happier than where everyone is sad is a good thing because we’re celebrating life and it’s showing that life is so much happier than sometimes you feel it can be.”
He also finds support in talking about it with others and encourages others to do the same.
“I encourage (others) to talk about it because I feel like if I talk about it, it gives it less power over me and I think that’s really important to not let it take control,” Blumenthal said.
That’s one of the many reasons that Chairperson Alexis Ferracuti finds the event special and it’s clearly catching on in the community as well.
The event reached its goal of raising $40,000 for The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention before the event even began and the number of participants continued to climb near 400, a new record, near the start of the event.
Becky Kane and her daughter Lexi placed two photos on the “Why I Walk” wall that memorialized those that died by suicide.
Becky said the photos were of her brother Jake Bradley who died in November 2016 and her father Gary Bradley who died last October.
The pair also ran in the “Run Today for Tomorrow” walk/run in June supporting the same organization.
“I think it’s really nice to bring the community together and bring awareness to suicide because I feel like it’s out there more than it ever was before,” Becky said.
She added it also brings the issue to the forefront of people’s minds and alerts them to warning signs or encourages discussion.
“When somebody says the negative thoughts about suicide, I know sometimes you like to think ‘They’re (just) young’ but my brother was very young, he was 21 when he committed suicide. He had talked about it and I don’t know if he was taken seriously so it’s something you should really take more seriously with young kids.”
Carol Bish was another attendee with a similar story and white beads, representing the loss of a child. Her team name was “Team Excision” and a $4,080 donation.
The name came from a popular DJ that her son Luke Bish used to listen to. He died by suicide in December after a long struggle.
Carol said she hopes events like this change the “stigma.”
“Hopefully people don’t think about ending their life that way. There’s hope, they just need to find help and just be educated.”
Ferracuti took notice that many in the crowd shared the same colored beads and thus shared life experiences, noting suicide affects everyone in different ways. She herself thinks about the loss of a friend.
Ferracuti said through raising money for The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention the community can understand the issue more and bring much needed mental health resources to the area.
It also serves as a reminder to all.
“You are not alone. You are never alone. And in this community, I promise you I will never let you be alone,” she said to the crowd. “We will continue to advocate, we will continue to fight and we will continue to get resources for this community because I will not allow us to ignore the symptoms anymore, to push them into a closet, to not recognize them when we see them.”
Help for anyone considering suicide is available by calling 800-273-8255 or at suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
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How many of you have taken the two-factor authentication seriously and enabled it for your gmail account? Or for your social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram? Or for those websites that you have registered to shop online, pay utility bills or even book a cab? If you don’t remember doing it, it’s time to do it now.
According to a Google software engineer Grzegorz Milka, less than ten per cent of active gmail users – just one in ten people – are bothered to turn on two-factor authentication. This is a staggeringly low figure when one considers email accounts are the center of a digital web.
When people forget passwords for third-party services – such as social media, online shopping, and digital payment accounts – it is often their gmail account that serves as the recovery point. The fact that Google rolled out two-step authentication about seven years ago and yet the numbers are so low clearly explains that hardly anyone care to secure their social media platforms, which introduced this feature much later.
Your data is not just with banks or UIDAI or GSTN. Consumers store personal information on their smartphones putting themselves at risk in their day-to-day lives be it knowingly or unknowingly.
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With less than two weeks left on the 2017 calendar, I’ve started to think about life after the holidays and what personal resolve I will need to accomplish some of my goals for next year.
For me, this entails a lot of dedication and discipline as I train for a spring marathon. But I know that’s not for everyone, and in order for our resolutions to be successful, they need to be reasonable and achievable. And while I put a lot of focus on running, I also wholeheartedly believe there are certain things in all our lives that can be changed for the better without a whole lot of effort.
Take cybersecurity for example. Even the biggest technophobes among us can up their game with some reasonable resolutions that will make things like using your credit card or shopping online safer and more secure.
There are some terrific websites out there that offer good advice and information about online safety, like “Stop. Think. Connect” for example. But before you hop over to that site, check out my seven cybersecurity resolutions for everyone to consider adding to their own lists:
1. I Will Be Security-Aware
Being security-aware means that you understand that there are people out there who will deliberately (or even by accident) steal or misuse your personal information. Awareness is the first step. Next comes education and diligence around cybersecurity.
Here’s an easy step: sign up for text and email alerts to get informed about important activity on your bank and credit card accounts. If you’ve misplaced your wallet, you can easily shut off your cards on your accounts’ apps. (I can say from personal experience doing this can give you peace of mind until you finally find your wallet under the driver’s seat of your car.)
2. I Will Stop at the Autofilling Station for Online Shoppers
Online shopping will get a little safer and easier with the latest Android platform “Oreo” due to its expanded autofill framework. For example, Oreo will allow you to recognize credit card forms and addresses, and if you’ve got that information stored in your LastPass vault, we’ll safely fill that up for you.
3. I Will Only Visit Secure, Trustworthy Websites
You don’t need to be a security expert to know if you are on a safe, legitimate website. Simply check the URL to confirm there’s an “s” after “http” at the beginning (like this post’s URL).
By the way, that “s” stands for “secure”. When you’re on your local Starbucks’ or any airport’s Wi-Fi network, you aren’t on a secure connection so reconsider shopping on Amazon Prime until you get home.
4. I Will Treat My Passwords with Kindness and Let Them Thrive
Treat your passwords like you treat your child. They all thrive with discipline, structure and love. For starters, stop leaving your passwords defenseless against cybercriminals because you’ve made them simple and easy to guess, or over-exposed through reuse on multiple websites. Break the cycle with a simple password management tool that will generate strong and unique passwords for every account, change them as often as you like (or as it advises), and keep them locked up tight.
5. I Will Keep My Devices and Applications Updated
When Apple, Microsoft or Google strongly encourage you to apply the latest mobile or laptop operating system update (e.g. Apple iOS, Windows) because of a security vulnerability, they aren’t kidding around. Update it. Or just set it to happen when you’re sleeping.
The inconvenience of managing your software updates is significantly dwarfed by the ever so inconvenient identity theft. Check the settings on your laptops, tablets, and smartphones to manage automatic updates to apps, software, and operating systems. Don’t forget your browsers while you’re at it. They’re a gateway to everything important on your machine. And don’t drag your heels like the folks at Equifax. Earlier this year they neglected to patch a known vulnerability which led to a massive breach of personal data belonging to 146 million people.
6. I Will Not Overshare on Social Media
I was on a popular social site the other day to check out my niece’s new profile. I sent her a link to a photo of her house on Google Earth and noted that anyone could do the same because her home address was public. (I’m subtle like that.)
Check your settings on Facebook, LinkedIn and any other social media site you use. Make sure your personal email address, phone numbers, addresses, and birthdate are only visible to you. (And maybe keep ‘em locked up in a password vault while you’re at it.) All cybercriminals need is a few bits of information about you to put together the rest of the puzzle.
7. I Will Stay Motivated to Meet My Resolutions
Be realistic when setting any of your goals. They should be attainable, not out of reach. Give yourself a reasonable timeline to meet your resolutions, and celebrate milestones along the way. If you don’t lose those 10 pounds by the end of January, fend off the shame and guilt, and keep at it.
So let those passwords of yours thrive. They’re fat-free.
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