Originally posted Oct 16,2010 We all know about the people who have energy, creativity, talent, and a spark of brilliance but yet they use all that to try to grab our passwords and get into our bank accounts or sell our information for cash. When I was growing up the term “Hacker” meant:
>HACKER n. 1. A person who enjoys learning the details of programming systems and how to stretch their capabilities, as opposed to most users who prefer to learn only the minimum necessary. (from the original “Hacker’s Dictionary”)
Today the word has a much darker meaning. Most anyone hearing the word ‘Hacker’ now thinks of a lowlife sitting in a dark basement somewhere writing viruses to steal your passwords so he can sell them or use them himself to empty your bank accounts, steal your identity so he can buy a 900-inch flat screen TV and other nefarious things.
So, what’s a person to do? We all have heard the manifest of things to do to protect ourselves:
- Shred all papers
- Never give out our information
- Your bank will never ask you to give them your password
- Use a different password on every account…
- … and make it impossible to remember with numbers, letters, symbols, 300 characters long, not pronounceable, etc.
And I’m not saying that any of this is a bad idea! It is an excellent idea and will help protect you from the lowlifes trying to rip off everything you have worked hard to get. Worse yet, they want to steal the blessings that God has put into your life.
I have always said that if they pooled their talent, skill, knowledge and drive then these guys could cure cancer in a year. Instead they’d rather lie, cheat and steal to get what they have.
Check my next post for a tool that will help with at least 3 or the above points of security when it comes to your online life!