Why Cybersecurity Is More Important Than Ever
MAY 21, 2018 13:42 PM
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Why Cybersecurity Is More Important Than Ever

by Ellie Martin
Cyber security is important -- now more than ever. It is more apparent than ever that technology is gradually taking over every facet of our lives. Whether we are at home or travelling technology has some sort of involvement in our daily routine. It would not a stretch to say that we are becoming increasingly dependent on technology for better or worse. There is not a person in the world that doesn't interact with it in some way. In that vein, we are seeing a proliferation of internet access that rivals the spread of the automobile and vaccines. 
A Growing Industry
This is to say that the internet is becoming ubiquitous. We all have some part of our lives online whether we like it or not. As an immediate result, our security and privacy are constantly under fire. It may be foreign actors who are trolling websites for information or susceptible individuals. It may be people we know who want some sort of leverage or access to personal information. What is clear is that there is an obvious risk in simply living that was not there before.
For some, this seems like an issue that can never be solved, and, in some ways, they are correct. If our lives are split between physical reality and our digital existence the threat of hackers or breaching will always be present. However, this does not mean that we are somehow at a loss or without a solution. 
As a matter of fact, we can defend ourselves mightily with a little bit of knowledge and willpower. If we can engage in some cyber security practices then we can greatly reduce the chance of an attack or, at the very least, mitigate the damage of a breached system. In this article, we are going to discuss why cybersecurity matters today and what you can to make sure that your life is not invaded by uninvited guests.
Technology Everywhere You Look
Technology today has more impact than almost any other industry. Truly, all industries are tech focused in that there are major components that rely on technology is some way or another. This is to say that manufacturing and medical are both highly dependent on technology along with almost every industry on the planet. 
It is, in no uncertain terms, the lifeblood of modern business and a major area of study for today’s youth. As a matter of hope, we can only watch and wait to see how the generations will integrate technology into their lives but, we know that it is a crucial part of all lives. In fact, it has become critical which is why we most secure it to the best of our abilities. Just think about your own exposure to the internet daily.
Most employed people depend on the internet to work every day. Most unemployed depend on the internet to find work or jobs in their preferred arena. Every business owner must use the internet to stay competitive and function at all. The productivity gained by using technology cannot be ignored and if this is the case then our exposure will only grow. We go online over a billion times a day and that data at any time can be stolen and used against us for nefarious endeavors. 
As the access enabled devices continue to spread and access grows the problem worsens due to the age of the technology or the practices used by individual users. There is nothing more dangerous, in the modern era, than having your data stolen. It is akin to being turned upside down as you struggle to regain your gravity.
The Best Defense
Luckily, there are methods that can be employed to secure your data and prevent a total upheaval of your life. Firstly, there is the age-old advice of good password policy that is not used very widely despite its effectiveness against hackers. 
To further understand its effectiveness let’s examine how hackers usually operate and why they are successful. Aside from using ransomware, hackers typically prefer to use something called social exploits to gain the information they or the access they desire.
This, in effect, is the process of calling people on the phone and lying about who they are to get information. They will also, occasionally, pose as other people to gain physical access to sensitive locations in a business e.g. server rooms, IT desks, etc. There is not much that can be done about social hacking except having a keen eye and discerning ear, but, aside from that a strong password can deflect many other attacks. 
Strong passwords can defend against brute force attacks and spoofing, contextually of course, as the effort required to break them is often incredible and beyond the scope of most hackers. To be clear, a strong password uses mixed cases and a combination of numbers and letters along with special characters. They should never be shorter than 8 characters and should always be kept in secret with either a password protector or physical safe storage location.
Another great strategy to defend yourself with is the use of proxies. Now proxies can do a lot of good, but, are also widely used by hackers, so in effect, you are fighting fire with fire. Proxy services, such as VPNBook, use private network filtering to protect your identity and location while you browse the internet. These can be great against hackers and those who want to steal your data for marketing or political purposes. 
It is highly recommended to use a proxy at home and, if one is not already implemented, make sure that your company uses a proxy as well so that business records are not compromised either.
Ultimately cybersecurity is important today because the internet is now a channel into your private life that almost anyone can access. This fact, mixed with broad proliferation of internet-based technology, leads us to importance of cybersecurity. As long as you are willing to implement strong password and use a proxy service then you can defend yourself against one of the greatest threats we face as a unified people.     
Ellie Martin is co-founder of Startup Change group. Her works have been featured on Yahoo! , Wisebread, AOL, among others. She currently splits her time between her home office in New York and Israel. You may connect with her on Twitter.
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