Concerns over information security and privacy rights for both individuals and organizations remain a much debated topic — especially when recent events continue to raise concerns as our businesses, our communities and each of us as individuals strive to “do the right thing” when attempting to work, communicate and live in our digital age.  And if you are someone concerned about this topic of online privacy, then all the news of privacy leaks could appear to us as “we are losing the battle” and at the end of the day, we begin to ask ourselves “what could we do about it anyway?”.

A recent article written by Chris Morris, and published on the CNBC website, may give us some information, viewpoints and advice that we can bring back to our families, our communities and the information security planning teams in our workplace(s).

Just in the last 30-60 day period, hackers have been very busy (and, this is not counting the hacking activities for this period that we know nothing about….)

(1) hackers stole personal information from 100 million accounts at Sony,

(2) Symantec announced that Facebook might have accidentally leaked its user’s information to advertisers and other third  parties for several years without realizing it.

One of the major concerns raised in Chris Morris’ article is best expressed in a quote supplied by renowned security expert Bruce Schneier, “…there’s nothing consumers can do. We are regularly giving our data to third parties who, in many cases, don’t care very much about our privacy. There’s a serious economic reality going on that when companies breach our privacy, they don’t feel it.”

A summary of the suggest steps in this article to better protect yourself from online hackers are as follows:

  1. Change your passwords often,
  2. Vary the security questions you select to validate your identity,
  3. Think about and be aware of your shopping history activity on the internet,
  4. Before you share any information on the social networks – think carefully about the potential risk you might be taking,
  5. Type your URL entries manually,
  6. Realize that when you don’t have time or you don’t bother to read the online privacy statements you agree to ….then, you really don’t know what you have actually agreed to……

Click here to read more details of Chris Morris’ article.

Another suggestion is to view the premiere an upcoming CNBC documentary entitled, “Code Wars: America’s Cyber Threat,” which will be aired on Thursday, May 26th. Click here for more details and information regarding this documentary.

If applicable, please pass this information along to family members, community team leaders responsible for building personal preparedness, and for those information security and risk management team leaders in your organization.

A reminder — this website always welcomes your feedback, comments and input to what is shared with our readership.

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