The New York Times reported an elaborate international hacking scheme on June 27, 2017. In fact, it was covered by all the mainstream media because of how extensive the hacking scheme turned out to be. It started in Ukraine but very quickly spread to tens of thousands of computers around the world. The hackers used ransomware to take control of users’ computers and then demanded payment from them to regain access. The worst part was that most victims were caught completely off guard and had no personal cyber security in place! They were, as they say, “sitting ducks!”
These types of scary hacking stories are becoming all too familiar in recent times and we all have to protect ourselves or it seems inevitable that each of use will eventually become a victim of such a crime. To this end, I want to share with you what I learned about personal cyber security when I was hacked a couple of years ago. I am on a quest to spread the word on how to prevent being invaded by ransomware. Basically, I want to prevent it from happening to other people.
When I was hacked with ransomware, I initially panicked. I had client files and irreplaceable old family photographs and videos on my computer. While some of it was backed up, not all of it was, including a very lucrative project I was working on at the time. I’ll admit that I wanted access back to all my files so bad that I actually paid the hackers what they were demanding. Then, I set about biting all my fingernails off while waiting for them to give me access to my computer again…. and of course hoping that they would!
It took them five hours to contact me and give me access to my own computer. Those were the longest five hours of my entire life. I vowed right then and there to make sure I had equipped by computer with personal cyber security in case I was hacked again. I’ve even heard that some hacking groups go after people who pay them again.
Before deciding what cyber security solution to use, I shopped around, read reviews, and most importantly, talked to people I personally know who use personal cyber security to protect against stolen data and ransomware. The name of one particular company kept coming up and that was Rubica. After signing up, I thought there would be some big learning curve and complicated instructions. However, much to my pleasant surprise, I found out all I had to do was simply downloaded the Rubica app. It simply runs in the background and you don’t even know it’s there. And… the Rubica app did not make my laptop fan turn on as so many other apps have!
As Rubica points out, the lone wolf hacker has been largely replaced by denizens of hackers all working together in complicated international networks, each hacker with their own personal skills collaborating intensely with each others to create highly functioning malware and ransomware . This is why your personal cyber security team must be equally sophisticated. You want to work with a company like Rubica that is as internationally connected as the hackers, even more technologically savvy as the hackers, and highly motivated to fight this evil that has pervaded our world!
Another thing I learned when I was hacked is that malicious hacking groups don’t just hack laptops and desktops, they also hack smart phones, tablets, and other personal electronic devices. Just think about it. How many conversations have you had on these devices that would be personally embarrassing if a hacker leaked them to the world? Do you pay your bills online and make purchases from online stores? These hackers could steal your credit card numbers and even your personal identity! Rubica makes it easy to fight against this because they make sure you can easily download their Rubica app to all of your electronic devices.
Rubica offers many perks too. For example, they offer what they call their “cyber security concierge” service. Basically, these are highly knowledgeable tech people that are on duty 24/7 to answer your security questions. For example, if you get a suspicious looking email and you are afraid to open it, you can show one of the Rubica cyber security concierge experts and ask them what they think.
By silently monitoring your web traffic and usage, Rubica establishes a baseline pattern of activity for you. They also keep abreast of suspicious servers and IPs on the internet. Then, any time their app flags an anomaly, actual humans, cyber security experts, take a closer look. You can log into your Rubica account any time and see what anomalies they have flagged for each of your devices on which you have the Rubica device downloaded. Most of the time, the Rubica techs take care of the threat without you ever knowing about it otherwise. However, they will also call you immediately if you need to take an action on your end to stop a security breach!
Another thing I like about Rubica is the fact it uses an encrypted Virtual Private Network (VPN) technology. This allows me to utilize free WiFi spots without worrying about being hacked by someone ten feet away! Since I have a fairly high income and I do a lot of financial transactions online, I feel this may be why I was targeted two years ago. Using Rubica as my personal cyber security protection gives me great peace of mind knowing I no longer have to worry about plugging in to public access to the internet at the library and at restaurants when I travel!
Since I was hacked two years ago, my whole outlook on personal cyber security has changed (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/27/technology/ransomware-hackers.html). Frankly, I used to scoff at people who worried about being hacked. I thought, “Oh, that will never happen to me… I don’t download pirated videos and software!” What I have learned is that ANYONE can get hacked and that EVERYONE is vulnerable to hacking. Further, everyone needs protection from hackers. I believe Rubica is the simplest cyber protection company to use and the most effective personal cyber security system you can use. I hope I have helped you!