We must use grand thinking to secure the Internet.
“We are at the first minutes of the first hours of the first days of this internet revolution.” -Marc Goodman
The Cheat Sheet:
- What are steganography and script kiddies?
- How air conditioning led to the Target security breach in 2013.
- Is hacking becoming more complex or more simplified?
- What are spoofing and swatting?
- Why living in a “in screen we trust” culture is so dangerous, and what do to about it.
- And so much more…
Today we live in an era of wi-fi enabled everything, but have you ever considered the consequences of such access? Or what will happen over the next few years as everything goes online from our thermostats to our clothes to our bridges? How vulnerable does that access make us to cyber attacks and what can we do to protect ourselves?
Here to share the good, the bad and the ugly on cyber security is Marc Goodman. Marc is the author of Future Crimes: Everything is Connected, Everyone is Vulnerable and What We Can Do About It. We dive into those topics and more on this bonus episode of The Art of Charm.
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Whether we’re aware of it or not, cyber crime and cyber attacks are becoming increasingly common. Today anyone with Internet access can download an app or software program to hack into your phone or your laptop and do any number of dubious things.
Marc Goodman spells out many of those dubious activities and what we can do to guard against them on today’s show. As a former member of the LAPD, Marc has witnessed firsthand how far behind law enforcement is in this area. He says local and state level agencies are swamped with non-tech crimes to solve and they’re also hampered by budgetary restrictions.
While they are doing their best to keep pace with technology’s ever-changing landscape, cyber crime continues to grow. Over the next several years even more of our day-to-day lives will be online from our clothes to our televisions to our cars. It may not sound like much until you consider our energy grids are online, our traffic systems are online, our airplane management systems are online. Soon every aspect of our lives will be accessible via the Internet.
And we don’t have the security to fully protect that information. Do you remember the breach at Target that happened during the 2013 Christmas holiday? It all stemmed from a third-party vendor who had been authorized to manage Target’s HVAC systems. Millions of credit cards were breached through an air conditioning system, Marc explains how this happened in greater detail during this show.
But it isn’t all doom and gloom! Marc believes the Internet advancements will also lift 2 million people out of poverty, help us feed the world and provide clean water for everyone as well as education. So long as we harness these advancements responsibly and learn to protect ourselves.
He gives specifics on what we can do on a global scale as well as an individual scale. For ourselves we can implement what he calls UPDATE:
U – update frequently.
P – passwords. Use a different password for every site and get a reliable password manager (see the resources for suggestions).
D – downloads. Watch your downloads and be cautious about what you install.
A – administrator. Don’t run your computer using the administrator account.
T – turn off your computer. If it isn’t fully turned off it’s still accessible.
E – encrypt. There are 2 types: you can encrypt the data on your computer and encrypt the data as it is sent out using a VPN.
There’s much more Marc tells on this show. He shares some amazing stories and much-needed data so listen in to hear it all. Thanks to Marc for being here and thanks to you as well. We’ll see you next time on The Art of Charm.
THANKS MARC GOODMAN!
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Resources from this episode:
Future Crimes web site
Marc Goodman’s web site
Marc on Twitter
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