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How does news of Internet hacks influence your behavior?

samgloversamglover Minneapolis, MN Admin

It seems like every day a new service has been hacked. Passwords or credit cards stolen, email accounts invaded, etc.

One of the main reason to report these hacks is so you can take action to protect yourself. So I'm curious—do you? What do you do when you learn that a service you use has been compromised?

Related, how has the way you use computers, mobile devices, and the Internet changed over time?


  • EagleLegalEagleLegal Louisiana
    edited July 2016

    I am a lot less cavalier about the websites I visits and apps and files I will download. I assume that almost everything is infected. My firm happens to use Google Apps, but if we didn't use that, I would say small firms should use Office 365 or other proven, safe web apps. I would not even feel comfortable using a server in my office without serious support, and maybe not even then- see "The Chinese Hackers in the Back Office," New York Times 6/11/16 for a scary story on that. For larger firms, I don't know what they do to secure themselves. I have heard many stories about middle to large size law firms being hacked and suffering ransomware and other attacks. Scary stuff indeed.

    Added a link to that article for you. —Mod.

  • TheoRandTheoRand Burbank, CA
    edited July 2016

    @samglover thanks for linking to the nyt article. +1 @EagleLegal with expectation that firms that are server-free operating their entire practices off the cloud better protected. one would expect that the cloud services are on the front lines and diligent in their surveillance and security. Still leaves onus on individual users to engage two-step verification as more vendors are suggesting and in some ways requiring.

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  • lisaneedhamlisaneedham Minneapolis, MN Admin

    I think for me it depends on the type of hack. If it's something that is outrageously complicated (like the hack that involves putting a parabolic microphone near your computer to listen to fan noise and decrypt it) I don't worry about it at all. When it's a password hack, I make sure to update my password and make sure the hacked password wasn't used elsewhere. I think for me the key is realizing that there's some level of risk we can obviate, but can't entirely eliminate. People are always going to try to hack Gmail, bank accounts, etc.

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