I don’t need a crystal ball to determine if a particular stock will plummet. All I have to do is buy some shares and down it goes. I don’t need to see an advance copy of tomorrow’s newspaper to see which retailer will be hacked. All I need to do is check my credit card statement. If I shop there they have been hacked or probably will be. Target, Home Depot, Marshalls, CVS and more. The bad guys have hacked my health insurer, Anthem Blue Cross. They hacked American Express in April 2015 (my go to card). They even hacked the IRS. My personally identifiable information has been stolen so many times I can’t even count anymore. I do what I can to protect myself; I check all of my bank accounts and credit cards daily, I subscribe to Lifelock but I have no confidence they can do much to help me. Experian, one of the largest credit reporting agencies who have a tremendous amount of personally identifiable information on all of us, was hacked in 2014. Two hundred million Americans’ had this data stolen (that’s two out of three Americans!). Oops. I’m not a T-Mobile subscriber and that’s a good thing as they were hacked in October 2015 handing over the personally identifiable information of 15 million of their customers. Probably not a big problem since the bad guys already had all of their data from the Experian breach.I'm not on Ashley Madison, the spouse cheating website, I don’t post nude photos of myself (nobody wants to see that!), I’m not a famous movie star and I’m not a government official. Still, I’ve been hacked multiple times.The fact that I’ve been hacked puts me in some pretty good company. Last year iCloud was hacked and Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst, Kaley Cuoco and many others had nude photos, many of them selfies, let loose on the Internet for all to see. CIA Director John Brennan had his office email hacked a couple of months ago. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter admitted that the Russians hacked the Pentagon earlier this year. So what is the average computer person to do to protect themselves? Actually, there’s quite a bit you can do. Of course, you can’t prevent your health insurer or cell phone company from being hacked and sweeping you up along with millions of others. But here’s a few practical suggestions:
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