Okay. You could have fooled me. But here's what I've learned about cyber-hacking. It's something that effects us all. Anyone who has a site knows that it can be attacked. And we all know about maleware -- those crazy pop-ups that infect your computer and cause you nightmares until you can rid yourself of them.
Well, these viruses can do even more. They can allow people unauthorized access to your personal or business accounts, passwords, even turn on and off your computer or phone's video camera and transmit pictures of you even while you're unaware it's on. Oh, this is nasty stuff.
Well, recently my wife got an email message that some unauthorized person MAY have been attempting to hijack her internet Google account. She was instructed to change her password.
Hmm. That sounded pretty good. But what if that was a trick so you'd change your password while you were being monitored by a Trojan (virus or mining marker) and what you were really doing was giving some stranger access to your machine or device while thinking you were protecting it. That's a pretty scary thought.
So I did some research and found a most informative video that will tell you all about personal cyber attacks you, me and our intellectual properties face and should fear. It's a little on the long side, so perhaps you'll want to save it and watch it in smaller pieces. It's a total of about 17 minutes. But it's so informative that I think you'll want to see the whole thing.
In this video you'll find out how hackers can activate your GPS and know withing 15 meters -- about 50 feet -- where you are. They can sign you up for unwanted programs, contact your friends and generally, depending on how nefarious these people are, destroy your lives, steal your money and even change the registration on your car. Don't you think this is worth a few minutes of your time to learn about how vulnerable you are and what you can do to perhaps protect yourself?
If you do, here it is. And safe browsing. Courtesy of TED.COM: