“Go on, hack me. I have nothing to hide.”
“Do I really need to protect my privacy that intensely? I guess I just don’t see the point when I don’t really do much on my computer.”
“If anyone hacked my webcam, they’d just be really bored.”
“I’m just a nobody, the hackers wouldn’t waste their time with me.”
Well, I used to think the exact same way. I thought that people covering up their webcams were just self-aggrandizing and paranoid.
After all, I’m not in the FBI and I don’t run a multimillion dollar company, so why me?
Now, I think they’re still not doing enough.
So I’d like to take today to address some of those statements.
Of COURSE, you have something to hide!
We all do!
Your computer, more likely than not, has:
And that not only applies to yourself, but probably also for your spouse, children, and anybody else living with you.
Not to mention the fact that you may have information that belongs to the company you work for. Some examples of company information may include:
Plus other information that may not seem important to you but it could be a treasure trove to a creative hacker.
And hackers are nothing if not creative.
See above response.
Even if all you do is check your email and do some online shopping, that’s already a TON of data you’re creating that would be beneficial to hackers.
Webcams are useful for a hacker to gain access to.
They can use whatever they see for blackmail, extortion, or even just to see when the house is empty for a little old-fashioned breaking and entering.
If your device is in your bedroom they may record you undressing and blackmail you with the file or just sell it as homemade pornography.
Plus, depending on where the webcam is positioned and how wide-angle of a camera it is, it may also be able to capture what passwords and information you’re typing on your keyboard.
To be fair, unless you’re in government or a powerful CEO, there are probably few individuals a hacker would go out of their way to develop a spearphishing attack for personally.
The truth is that it isn’t about wasting their time on you.
Their hacking programs (which, by the way, are widely available for free if you know where to look) are able to attempt hacks on thousands of computers every few minutes.
So when you think of it that way, is the information you’re creating on your device worth a few seconds of their supercomputer’s time? It probably is!
Depending on how well-protected your content is, from one simple hack you can fall victim to:
The problem with cyber attacks is that the only limit to how victimized you can become (and how many years it can take you to fully recover) is the extent of the hacker’s creativity for ways to use your information.
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And so if the question is: Do I really need to protect my privacy?
The answer should be a resounding: YES.
Are there any other comments you’ve heard in response to privacy?
Let me know below and I’ll try to add it to my list above.
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