This week’s readings covered the topic of password security and the fact that now, more than ever, there are people hacking into accounts and erasing or stealing property. The whole idea of a person being able to see the accounts and have control of the applications you use personally is terrifying. In a sense, it is almost like having a robber break into your house in the middle of the night. The only difference is that online hackings can happen at anytime and anywhere. Most of the time, victims do not realize they have been hacked until hours the damage has been dealt. I have never been hacked myself, but I can imagine the horror of losing precious data, or knowing that some stranger knows all of my personal information.
As for the whole ideal with the iCloud devices, this is precisely why I try to avoid using of the new technology. My brother uses Cloud to store all of his data between the multiple devices he uses for media. I try to tell him that it is not safe considering that if a person got a hold of his account for the cloud, the hacker would have access to all of his devices.Unfortunately, I think one of the problems that we are facing as a society, is that people are so quick to give up safety for accessibility. Companies tell us that their networks are secure and that setting up multiple passwords and accepting confirmation e-mails will protect our account, but that is all horse crap. I remember recently when Sony had thousands of their Playstation Network user’s accounts hacked. Thankfully only handfuls of credit card information were stolen, but that is beside the point.
Companies can never guarantee the safety of online accounts. People think that a long password will protect them, but hackers are always finding ways around security. To me it seems like that the technology hackers use are always one step ahead of any security system that is created. It sounds ridiculous, but I think hackers could easily find jobs working for major companies by hacking into their networks. By having an internal source hack into your own system before a foreign source does, maybe we can be better prepared. After this post, I will be changing my password to something hopefully a bit more secure. Longer passwords always equal more security right?