Cyber attacks are rapidly becoming one of the major threats of our time (as if there weren’t already enough). The number of data breaches and DDoS attacks increased by 48 percent in 2014, and experts believe it’s only going to get worse.
Here are just a few companies that had data breaches in 2014: Target, Yahoo! Mail, AT&T, eBay, UPS, Home Depot, Google, Apple iCloud, J.P. Morgan Chase, and Sony Pictures. If your bank is attacked next, your money could be made inaccessible. And if a company that has your financial information on file is attacked, your money could be stolen.
It gets worse. According to the NSA, a coordinated attack could paralyze communications networks and/or shut down the U.S. power grid. As wonderful as the Internet is, it has only made our society that much more fragile.
So what can you do to protect yourself? Apartment Prepper wrote an excellent article that lists 22 ways to prepare. Since there’s no way to predict when or where the next cyber attack will be–all we can do is hope for the best and prepare for the worst.