|By George Hesselberg, The Wisconsin State Journal|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Various protective entities use today to remind that your digital presence is being probed, attacked, tempted, lured, sweet-talked then dragged into a virtual alley and relieved of password, purse and personal effects.
At UW-Madison, for example, where one official said "we cannot be paranoid enough," attacks on the system happen "tens of thousands of times daily."
Tracking a digital footprint has never been easier, warns the state
That office logged nine "data breaches" affecting state residents in 2012, a list that is not all-inclusive. One of the nine happened at another state agency, the
Some of these companies were hacked, but most of the breaches were traced to information contained on stolen laptops, according to the privacy office reports.
As recently as last week news broke that a city of
The first thing anyone reading this article should do, said
On average, an identity theft victim will spend 12 hours and more than
At UW-Madison, spokesman
"Today there are a lot more vulnerabilities and a lot more people looking to exploit those vulnerabilities," he said.
The university's Internet security campaign ("Find It, Delete It, Protect It.") starts with a program that scans for soft spots in outdated software, and another program that scans a hard drive for forgotten private data. You might be surprised, he said, how many stored emails include account numbers or other important identification numbers.
"At all the (campus) network ports there is software scanning incoming messages and attachments and stuff coming in from particular sites around the world."
"Collectively we are not paranoid enough," said Rust, "because if something happens, it is already too late."
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