Today, I learned something quite valuable. It was more along the lines of how not to act on social media or even at home. Lessons Learned From An FBI Agent is the topic today.
During the last few hours of my day at work, I had a meeting with my fellow coworkers and we were put before a FBI agent that specifically deals with hacking, and online fraud to sum it up.
She went on to tell us stories of how companies today are being manipulated into spending money that they either don’t have or didn’t want going out the door to begin with. So the subject matter was around staying safe keeping yourself safe.
Just to get you into perspective, the lady that shared this presentation is extremely fearful of what the internet can do to you. She’s gone through ID theft, and makes it a full-time job to keep her and her family off of the internet.
Well, I suppose there are many more eye-opening things that come across her desk being that she deal with the internet all day long and sees the damage and destruction that the hackers cause.
How she does this?
It’s the continual watching of what your family does on the internet. Sure you will have email communication and browsing the internet, but it doesn’t stop there.
Have you ever clicked OK on a button to agree to terms? Well part of those terms in most cases is taking away the liability of them posting pictures of anyone that has agreed to their TOC’s.
So if you’re one that loves privacy, be sure to watch where you give your approval. Especially watch those ‘download’ buttons. Yet more lessons learned from an FBI agent.
There’s also the child that may get a bug in his/her mind to do something that their parents forbid them to do. It’s not that hard though to find out something about anyone. Just ask Google, Bing, or Yahoo!
When you have a child you have to be aware of the teachers taking pictures and posting them online.
Another Lessons Learned From An FBI Agent is Holding your items hostage is yet another common thing happening in internet land. If you click out of curiosity, you get to curiously see how much money you have to unlock your data (pictures, documents, videos, etc.).
‘The method that is used to hold your items hostage is called encryption using a PGP key. That stands for Pretty Good Privacy. Basically, anyone has access to create their key to unlock the encryption. It’s almost impossible to crack, so if you get hammered by one of these scams, you’re chances of getting your stuff back without paying the ransom, are slim to none.
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