Your Privacy is Under Threat

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By Guest Blogger, Chris Bonatti, IECA Cybersecurity Consultant, Casper, Wyoming

Save the date! September 23, “It’s About Identity!” A day of exploring online identity issues from a cybersecurity standpoint in the Blockchain Stampede at the University of Wyoming.

In 2022, your personal privacy and the privacy of your business face threats that are unprecedented in human history. Privacy is a challenging discipline that is distinct from other areas of security, and is sadly often neglected. Privacy includes a long list of controls that prevent adversaries from collecting and aggregating information about your habits or plans. Most people rationalize neglect of their privacy on the basis that they have nothing to hide. This rationale embraces the fallacy that if you are harmless… everyone else will be too. A whole range of threat actors can… and will… absolutely harm those who neglect privacy protections.

Today, actors threatening your privacy include advertising agencies (such as Google), governments (both yours and others), identity thieves, and other criminals (such as potential extortionists or kidnappers). Prescriptions for maintaining your privacy vary widely. Many on-line applications offer privacy-enhancing features that are not enabled by default. Facebook or Google users, for example, should periodically visit the Privacy Checkup page to ensure that they are using the latest available features. Also ensure that you are using secure protocols (e.g., HTTPS or TLS) for online activity. Often, the best answer after weighing the risks is just to say, “No thanks!”. However, this is something that many end-users seem to be unwilling to do.

If you would like to know more about privacy threats and their potential ramifications, or would like help with privacy issues, please consider letting IECA help.

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