The virtual world is growing and developing new elements almost every day. To say it is hard to keep up with all these developments would be a major understatement. However, it is important to be proactive and become aware of new vulnerabilities as our interactions with the virtual world expand. The goal of this session is to educate folks on best practices to keep ourselves safe and protect our online information.
Ask any family member or friend if they, or someone they know, have been hacked, scammed, or even been one of many affected by a data breach. We can almost guarantee that everyone will say yes. Data breaches can happen any day and at any time in daily life. You can become vulnerable to hacks while doing things you don’t give a second thought to, like swiping your credit card at a payment terminal in a department store, or accidentally clicking the wrong link on a pop-up ad while browsing the Internet. We are all at risk but don’t despair. There are ways to keep yourself safe while comfortably using the Internet.
For many of us, when we hear the term hack or imagine a hacker, it is usually a vague, shadowy image. As a culture, we don’t seem to have a clear understanding of who hackers are and how they work. The first step to begin understanding more about the threat they pose is to give a face and a purpose to these folks and their methods.