add-on card “skimmers” and paste these devices on top of ATMs and fuel pumps. While chip cards armed with contactless RFID technology has accelerated the checkout lines, there are also concerns that criminals will – now only at the proof of concept level – able to circumvent the payment limits that have made these card types less risky. And while your router is (probably) not leaking out your private data, researchers have found holes in the latest WPA3 protocol.
The second, even larger issue is that there is simply a lot of private data collected about you to keep secure. In addition to the prime data collectors of your employer, bank, and doctor, there are also the data collected by various apps on your devices and the sites you visit. Add to this mix the information compiled by third-party trackers.
There are multiple risk points when it comes to the security of your private data. A disgruntled employee could take your private data with them when they move to a new job (insider data breach) or lose that laptop at the train station. The company servers could be hacked by an outside entity as part of a spearphishing attack. Company staff might not properly set up their cloud storage and your health data might be flashed to the world. In addition, what happens if a third-party company somehow loses or exposes your data?
There is always the risk that someone else somewhere can lose or steal your data. But don’t point the data responsibility everywhere inward as nobody can absolve us of our obligation to handle our own data responsibly. Think about this the next time you’re sitting in an airplane reading highly confidential emails or checking your bank statements. And ask yourself why you aren’t using a VPN for a more secure connection or using something like Privacy Badger and blocking some of those invasive trackers at the browser level? Privacy really starts at a personal level.