How Secure Is Your Security?

It’s that time of year again when everyone is getting ready to do their taxes from the previous year and check all their business credit card expenses. Was our personal information as secured as they should have been when we booked flights and hotels? Have we really took time to look at the expenses from the accounts in detail? Since we’re all very busy going to business meetings of all kinds and trying to close deals everywhere we go, should we even trust the people were are supposed to do deals with?

In recent times, we don’t know much about the person(s) we are about to meet when making a business transaction, and yet how sure they won’t try to find a way to hack into a company database? Just because many people have claimed they are looking out for their customers and clients, doesn’t mean they honestly are, especially if they secretly assume that you’re business competition. Even to give out our real name to a potential colleague can sometimes damage a person or company if they don’t already know ones wealth and stature in the business world. When sharing our business with others, we need to be careful, very careful nowadays.

So how secure is our security, both professional and personal? A lot of hackers attend big event conferences because they know how to connect to random Wi-Fi and have access to the other devices that are all on the same network. When people appear to be working, they are “working”, that is to get into your laptop, tablet, and even your phone without you having much knowledge. It takes skill and practice from the hackers who usually appear to look like normal people, when in fact, they have a dark secret to tap into your devices and your line of work. Few people do it for “fun” while most hack into systems out of boredom to cause trouble, assuming they’re trying to solve a country or world issue. Sometimes, it’s best to know as little as possible than to know too much.

Most persons file their taxes individually online which is still dangerous while big corporations have to use accountants to submit numerous receipts. Desktops are easy to access the hard drive since they obviously don’t leave their station where as laptops are mobile. When anyone has access to the most private of our legal information, we have to learn to adopt to be more aware of our finances and business data. Even through corporate and government e-mail accounts, hackers can still send out SPAM from them, which is common.

What could we do to save our personal and professional information? There isn’t much that could be done in the end, for even if there is a special code, even that can easily be broken! A good number of people praise that Apple computers are much safer than computer systems that run on a Windows. In truth, they are different operating systems, yet they just as ineffective as the other. Even Apple computers get viruses and crash beyond repair, not just Windows! Apple computers are actually easier to hack into since it’s all just one operating system where as with Windows, the set-up differs per brand.

People have come to assume they’re a hero for hacking into any government, military, and corporate data base. These same people assume that what they’re doing, they’re likened to a modern or tech version of Robin Hood. Those people fail to realize that they’re hurting not just governments, military, and high end companies, they’re hurting themselves in the end. These vigilantes forget that those organizations are the ones who make sure they have a place to live, proper healthcare, and protection from violent physical crimes against us.

As many people are self obsessed with having the newest computer, tablet, and phone, we need to not live our whole life on electronic devices. Having too much technology in our business and home is good, but also has dangers from behind the “fire wall” (purposely spelled a certain way). Be careful who you engage business with. Be careful what you text and email. Be careful of all the data that you store into a companies physical and especially cloud storage. It’s whom you least expect it, what will use all that information again you!