The internet is a wonderful place. It has brought us conveniences such as Amazon, Instacart and DoorDash. It has entertained us with countless cat videos and nourished our curious spirit with millions of google search results in less than half a second. It has also allowed us to open ourselves up to a whole new set of problems: cyber attacks. Often, this is an unseen threat.
Unlike a traditional attack, cyber attacks are often hard to trace. Hackers are very savvy and leave very little evidence of their evil doing. However, recent data shows that these attacks cost businesses upwards of 4.4 million every time. This is a huge sum of money to be spending on an unsolved crime.
However, there are several ways to prevent cyber crimes. The first is simply knowing what information is out there. You can only control what you know, so be aware of what you are posting online. Your Instagrammable lunch at that new place downtown may seem perfectly safe to share but it could also be the difference between you being a target or not.
It is important to be aware of potential threats constantly. You should by no means live your life in fear, but you should understand that your time spent on the internet could have side effects. So know the signs of potential foul play. It is almost as important to know what you are looking for then who you are looking for. Simply put, use common sense when it comes to sharing.
The internet doesn’t have to be a bad thing. In fact it shouldn’t be a bad thing at all. However, in order for us to maintain this safe space it is important to be aware of what is going on. This is the only way we are going to maintain the safety of the internet. Learn more in the infographic below about the unseen threat from Pondurance:
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