In April of this year Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, had some special airtime with the United States Congress. This two-day questioning period revealed a lot about both sides of the table. 1) Some members of Congress don’t have a great understanding of social networks, and 2) There is a lot more that Facebook knows about people than most of its 1 B + users realize.
Hacks and breaches of IT systems in companies of various sizes have been increasing in prevalence over the last few years. With so much negative press, so many people being affected, and lives being destroyed, you’d think that more effort would be put into making sure hacks like these don’t happen. It turns out there’s pretty good reason why it doesn’t seem much is being done about them, but that doesn’t mean things shouldn’t change. With the cost of preventing a breach being higher than the cost of the breach itself, there’s currently little reason from a company’s standpoint to make any changes to their cybersecurity.
Why are we hearing of hacks taking years to be disclosed?
While not the worst, Twitter is not the most innocent, either.
Remember that time when you thought about taking a cruise and you saw an ad for cruises on a website a few hours ago? We've all heard the anecdotal evidence, but what does Google actually have on us?
Big brother is watching you. This scary motto of George Orwell’s novel still disturbs the minds of our contemporaries, although it’s been almost 70 years since the book was published. And there’s a good reason behind the strong emotions caused by the story as nowadays it’s as close as ever to the reality and your favorite social media has made a huge contribution to that.
Facebook knows everything about you
Unlike Orwell’s vision, the reality proved to be much simpler. There are no cameras installed in every corner to spy on you. In the era of total globalization and tons of convenient services available on the web, we provide these services with our private information ourselves.
As data breaches are becoming more and more prevalent it’s hard to not become immune to them. Companies we know and trust are getting hacked right and left and, for many, it seems like there’s little we can do about it besides become a hermit and take ourselves off the grid entirely. But, that’s not the case and it’s poor judgment to ignore the possibility of hacks. While data hacks are increasing frequency in North America, there are some things you can do to keep them from affecting you or at least lessen the blow.