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Mar 9th


The C.I.A.Hacking Claims - What It Means to You and How to Protect Yourself

It's been all over the news this week: WikiLeaks has released documents that suggest the Central Intelligence Agency (C.I.A.) is hacking into everyday products, such as iPhones, Androids, laptops, wi-fi routers, televisions and other smart devices in the interest of protecting our national security.

While, sensibly, I know that these C.I.A. programs are aimed at terrorists, it makes me think about how vulnerable my own devices may be to surveillance and hacking. How can I protect myself from this?

The answer may be as simple as...
  1. Make sure the software is up to date on all devices
  2. Use antivirus software and reinforce it with a product like SUPERAntiSpyware
  3. Stay vigilant of suspicious activity and cybercrooks lurking around on the we
If you're feeling a little daunted about all of this, read this New York Times article. I found it to be quite helpful in providing more details about the hacking accusations and useful tips I can easily implement on my own.