Online Privacy: Does it exist?

In today’s digital age almost everything is virtual, but does that mean everything is vulnerable. From stealing a single account to exposing 145 million credit cards, the public wonders how they can keep their information safe.

August 3, 2016 – These days it seems a new, server-destroying ‘glitch’ is always about, releasing personal data to infiltrators, or releasing top-secret date to the public. When thinking about infiltrations a few prominent ones come to mind: from the impactful Snowden Files, released in 2013, to Donald Trump’s personal twitter, the results can be devastating. To fully comprehend the dangers of an exposed network all that is needed is a closer inspection of a few security failures.

In January of this year 145 million ebay’s users were extorted through a simple phishing attack. The infiltrators actually used a hole in the security of the site that ebay was made aware of a month prior to the attack, but chose to neglect. So in a sense the attack could have been preventable. The chink in ebay’s armor made it possible for assailants to set up a ‘dummy’ login page that appeared identical to ebay’s login page. Once any user attempted to access their account their information was immediately vulnerable, credit cards, emails, even addresses were stolen.

Another, less widespread series of hacks have also taken place over the past few years. Donald Trump’s character, for better or for worse, has been attacked multiple times by various groups, including the infamous Anonymous. These attacks have come in the form of voicemail leakings, twitter hackings, there was even an alleged stealing of opposition research focused on Donald Trump by the Russian Government(1). These character attacks cause harm to fewer people and are less obviously devastating but the sheer embarrassment they cause can be incredibly destructive. The class of the target, as a 2016 presidential candidate, speaks to the vulnerability of even protected individuals. This problem is not only made possible, but accelerated by today’s world. Any angsty teen can wreak havoc on an enemy by hiring an easily accessible service from a variety of sites, even one immodestly named Twitter Hack.

So how does a security conscious individual protect itself from these disastrous attacks? The key is privacy. A majority of account ‘hackings’ work based on a combination of to social media research to compile a list of passwords to guess and a program to try every password on the list. Avoiding these breaches is a simple task as any informed user can, and should, keep a password unrelated to anything else online such as a birthday or middle name.

On the business side of things an offshore virtual private server (VPS) is perfect for fending off assailants. Businesses hosted on one of these virtual private servers are essentially isolated from any threat. Picking the correct server host is important to ensure the legitimacy and fairness of the host before purchasing. A highly-recommended company, as seen by personal experience and customer testimonials, is LibertyVPS. This company uses offshore servers, ensuring total privacy with guaranteed speed through an uncapped gigabit port.

Now it is obvious that strong digital security risks exist for everyone but the proper protection of password-mindfulness and a VPS can provide an impenetrable safeguard. 

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