What is the value of your digital life: Getting hacked

Here’s a great infographic from PC Mag showing the real cost of being hacked..

Trend Micro Digital Life

There are several ways to minimise your risks:

– Change your birthday.  If you adjust the birthday by a couple of days either way, then folks who know your name and birthdate can not steal your identity.  They will have the wrong person

– Clear your cookies and your internet cache regularly.  Yes, i know it’s a pain, retyping your passwords, but you’re less likely to have malware on your downloadable files if you clear the cache regularly

– Do backups.  Regularly.  Invest in something like Home Server or similar, set it up and forget about the backups. If you’re not to techy, you can rest assured that it’s all going on automatically.

– If you get a Twitter direct message from one of your friends with just a link, or a strange message asking you to click the link, respond to them asking them why.  Chances are they won’t know that they sent the message.image

– Be cautious.  All the time.  Even your friends could be victims…

And, as the infographic states, this could cost you a heck of a lot of time – and money to repair things…

Eileen is a social business strategist and author of Working The Crowd: Social Media Marketing for Business. Contact her to find out how she can help your business extend its reach.



2 thoughts on “What is the value of your digital life: Getting hacked

  1. Matt Duffin (@mattduffin)

    If I change my birthday, does that mean I get to have two parties? One with fraudsters and one without?!

    On a serious note, how about using something like LastPass to generate superstrong passwords to all your services that you don’t have to remember, then remember just one (strong) master?

    1. eileenb Post author

      Last Pass is a brillint idea – I looked at that when my friend broke her back in April 2010 as a way to protect your passwords and make them accessible in case you die. I also like the XKCD way of creating strong passwords.. https://eileenbrown.wordpress.com/2011/09/23/password-security-telling-stories-with-passphrases/
      I do worry about all the folks who are giving too much information away to web sites – without any care of identity theft – and the adjustment of birthdays is an easy option. We can then have several birthdays and an official one – like the Queen 😀
      Thanks for the comment..

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