Cory Doctorow recently wrote an article on the trend of Hollywood portraying hackers in a more realistic fashion. He cites Mr. Robot as an example of how hacker’s really work – through social engineering, white paper analysis, etc. Gone are the days of an on screen hacker typing a few commands and shouting, “I’m in!”. We now see the long, methodical process that goes into hacking and the societal weaknesses they exploit in the process.
Online privacy and security takes a multi-fold approach. Make sure your software is secure, but at the same time, make sure you’re not opening yourself up to exploitation by sharing information with the wrong people.