For 25 years the internet has been around.
Since its inception, thanks Tim, we have seen how it can be used for ‘good’, but we have also seen, in the last 10 years, how it can be used for bad, evil and nasty stuff.
The bad utilization is starting to have significant impact on the business world but we still have a number of areas where we do not see the dangers.
These are some of the internet attitudes that we come across constantly:
It will not happen to me
In one word, OK two – automated systems.
The free automated systems that are now available to any bored 14 year old cause major problems for anyone connected to the internet or digital world.
I have anti virus, that’s all I need.
We are constantly shown that most business organisations think in one dimension when talking about the Internet.
The fact that the bad guys and even the automated systems think in a multi faceted approach when it comes to targeting us. Anti virus will find 95% of attacks and stop about 85%.
That leaves a significant number of areas where AV will not protect you at all
My password is strong enough for me
I was recently watching an interviewer on one of the late night shows that was sent out to the streets to ask people for their passwords. The ridiculous easy way, in which she got that information, was astounding.
One of the other features to come out of it was people still use dictionary words, personal information, easy to remember sequences.
Passwords have to be complex, unique and more than 9 characters. Its not easy for you it is easy for them.
I only trust my friends on social media
On my Facebook recently there has been a spate of people who are already my friends asking to hook up on Facebook again.
It can be very difficult making sure that you do not fall for this type of scam
I am not rich and famous why would they pick on me
On the Internet everyone has something of value.
Even though you may not have money or access to money, trade secrets or you think your personal information is not important you still have one thing that the cyber criminal considers important.
You have some sort of technology that they can then use to target other people from and hide their attack behind.
Digital security is very expensive
The fundamentals are not.
Use a firewall, use an anti-virus, back everything you consider important up, patch it all and use a decent password.
None of these are expensive, but they all lift anyone out of the realms of easy targets.
In addition here are a couple more – Trust no one and be paranoid.
I don’t need a back up because it will never happen to me
If you think that your information on your digital device is not worth backing it up then ask yourself this question – if I lost my laptop, dropped my phone in the toilet or my tablet was stolen what information could I not live without.
That’s the information that needs to be backed up.
Backups are for any digital device that has your information on that is irreplaceable.
The bad guys have changed, we have not.
They’re are smarter, more persistent and definitely more brazen. We have to adapt to their changes and make sure we are protecting ourselves, if we don’t no one else is
Roger Smith is the CEO of R & I ICT Consulting Services, Lecturer at ADFA (UNSW – Australian Centre of Cybersecurity), Amazon #1 selling author on Cybercrime, Presenter for the Business Security Intensive, author of the Digital Security Toolbox and Digital Security Framework. Rapid Restart Appliance Creator. He is a Speaker, Author, Teacher and Educator on cybercrime and how to protect yourself from the digital world.