You always think that stuff like hacking only happens to other people, and won’t ever happen to you, and I always felt like it was only rich or famous people, or companies with a lot of data, that got hacked or attacked by cyber criminals, well let me tell you, I had a rude awakening recently while I was out to eat with my family.
Before I left the apartment I checked my bank statement, as I do weekly, and after that I drove to the restaurant to grab lunch, an hour later when I tried to pay the bill, I had no money.
My account had been drained of all but one dollar. I called my bank and they referred me to their cybersecurity office, which was a surprise because I had no idea there was such a thing, and the nice lady on the phone asked me a bunch of questions about my firewall protection, my cloud key management, if I used a VPN. If I had taken any steps towards permissions management. To every one of her questions I had to answer “I don’t know” because it turns out that cybersecurity people speak their own kind of language, then finally I had to put my oldest daughter on the phone, because she knows a lot more about cloud based security than I do (as in, she knows what it is, and I do not). The bank was unquestionably good, and their cybersecurity department was excellent, because I had my accounts restored, and later on I was informed the hacker had been arrested.