What is Cybersecurity, and how does it apply to me?

 

You might have heard the term cybersecurity before and thought, “Well, that only matters to businesses and people that are targeted by hackers, it doesn’t really apply to me.” The thing is – it doesn’t just apply to big targets, it applies to everyone. Everyone that goes on the Internet, uses a computer or cell phone, owns a smart device or pretty much any digital device, needs to learn how to take basic cybersecurity measures in order to protect themselves online. Believe or not, pretty much everyone on the Internet is a target for hackers and other malicious criminals. They don’t just target big names, but they also go after easy targets as well, aka people that may have poor cybersecurity practices. The goal of this series is to educate you in order to provide you with the knowledge of the tools you need in order to fight back and to stay safe.

Sadly, no, this is not what real hacking looks like

Developing good cybersecurity habits may seem like a daunting task. All these exotic terms – firewalls, intrusion detection systems, multi-factor authentication, etc might be a bit overwhelming at first. But relax, take a deep breath. I’m here to help. I’m going to break things down into easily digestible segments and make it a little easier to understand some of this crazy lingo, as well as teach you how you can set up some of these tools and services for yourself. I can’t guarantee that you will be entirely hack-proof by the end of this series, and I would recommend running far away from anyone that claims that they can, but you will most likely be a lot more secure than you ever have been.

So what exactly is cybersecurity? Maybe you haven’t actually heard the term before. Or maybe you seen it on the news or online and never cared to pursue it further. To put it simply, cybersecurity is the steps one takes in order to stay safe online and in the digital world. When I say “digital world”, I don’t just mean online games. The digital world is everything you do online, such as surfing the web, browsing through social media, paying bills, sending money, buying goods, e-mailing coworkers, etc.

The Internet is a dangerous place, I often compare it to the Wild West. The only person that can keep you safe online is yourself. There are no digital police officers driving around to keep you safe. By the time you realize that you have been hacked, it’s already too late. The damage is done, and in most cases, it is often irreversible. The best way to protect yourself is with prevention.

 

So, what can I do?

 

It is not entirely hopeless. No need to start shutting everything down and packing up. You can still use the Internet and your devices safely, you just need to take some preventive measures first. This series will help guide you through the process.

 

Let’s start with the most common cybersecurity practice, one that literally everyone online utilizes: The password.

 

Cybersecurity Series:

00. Introduction to Cybersecurity
01. Password Security
10. Multi-Factor Authentication
11. VPN vs Proxy vs TOR
100. The Importance of Encryption (Coming soon!)
101. Avoiding the Phisherman (Coming soon!)

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