Hacking Danger is Everywhere, Everyday

Large scale data breaches (hacks) are all over the news. Equifax, Yahoo, AT&T, Google, Comcast and many other large corporations and government agencies like the IRS and the SEC have all been hacked. Over 3 million personal records are compromised each day and more than 4,000 major data breaches affecting 4.2 billion personal records were stolen by cybercriminals in just the last year. Social networks, online communities and the Dark Web are home to a variety of predators, stalkers, phishers, hackers, trolls and criminals. Real ‘online privacy’ is a myth and your personal information is likely either already public to some degree or it’s on the Dark Web.

Hacking Danger is Everywhere, Everyday

Hacking Epidemic

In the last year the threat landscape changed significantly, with far-reaching vulnerabilities, faster attacks, files held for ransom and far more malicious code than in previous years. In fact, research indicates that there are more than 400 threats EVERY MINUTE and more than 70% go undetected. More than 4,000 major data breaches took place last year affecting 4.2 billion personal records stolen by cybercriminals.

There were more than 317 million new pieces of malware created over the past year, meaning nearly one million new threats were released each day. While some of these are managed by appropriate protection applications, 68% of people answered that they would give up their privacy for nothing more than a free app. This means they would willingly open the door to potential hacks and don’t see any danger.

See our Self-Help Resources for some tips.

It’s reported that here are about 8.6 billion active users in the largest global social communities. About 8% of the users can be considered fake in one way or another (693 million). These fake users are generally reprobates out to scam you or steal your personal data.

We Know We Are Not Secure, But We Are Online Anyway.

Virtual online and social media communities include almost three-quarters of all adults. Only 2% of adults believe they are “very secure” using social media communication to convey private information to another trusted person or organization. More than 66% of adults say they are not confident that records of their activity maintained by the social media sites and search engine providers they use will remain private and secure. THEY ARE RIGHT! If we want to be a part of today’s society, we don’t have any choice but to take the risk.

Although We Know Better, Most Ignore Protective Measures and Tools.

Few adults monitor what’s publicly known about them on the Web.
Over ninety percent of adults take no precautions to not be tracked or noticed online.
See our Self-Help Resources for some tips.