Cybersecurity is something that we all need but few know much about. Your online identity is just as important as your physical security. If you walk through a bad neighborhood, you want the security of knowing that you have the company of someone that can protect you in case something bad happens. Yet we all walk down the information superhighway every day mostly unprotected. We download the newest apps without a thought of the Terms and Conditions that we are agreeing to. We post pictures with our faces and our phones geotag out locations to let most everyone knows exactly where we are. We even hashtag images of our children on “Susie’s First Day of School” and tag the school and her new teacher, giving anyone who has ill-intent all the information that they need to cause your family harm. Maybe you go to work and get an email from someone we know with a document attached to it telling us to open it up. When you do because you trust that the email said it came from your friend it must be valid, and you sign into your Gmail account to open it up, and just like that, someone has your email password and can now control most of your accounts. Its not Hollywood make-believe, this is the reality that we live in.
We have been contacted by numerous people of all walks of life that have been devastated by scammers. From the housewife that got the email from a fake Apple support company that said someone tried to use her account to buy gift cards and pay $5,000 for “technical support” to stop them, to the Real Estate executives that learned that an MBA in Business cant stop a group of malicious people in India to intercept an email conversation and redirect over $1,000,000 to an offshore account and never be recovered. These are all true stories and very recent. They happen to everyone. The difference between them and you is only that it hasn’t happened to you yet.