For the uninitiated, per Wikipedia “DEF CON” (also written as DEFCON or Defcon) is one of the world’s largest annual hacker conventions, held every year in Las Vegas, Nevada. The first DEF CON took place in June 1993.
Many of the attendees at DEFCON include computer security professionals, journalists, lawyers, federal government employees, crackers, cyber-criminals, security researchers, and hackers with a general interest in computer code, computer architecture, phone phreaking, hardware modification, and anything else that can be “hacked”.”
This year’s DEFCON expected 10,000 registrants. That’s a lot of hackers! One interesting tidbit about DEFCON is you can’t pre-register, as in give them your credit card ahead of time to book your spot because DEFCON only accepts cash! And for good reason! What most people don’t realize is not all hackers are bad. Certainly “crackers and cyber criminals” are bad, but many hackers are full time security professionals and work around the clock to create the security software to protect us.
If you have someone local that does computer security or as it’s known in the industry “penetration testing” they will lock down your network and protect you from the “crackers and cyber criminals”.
Meanwhile if you are a do it yourself-er:
Lock down your wireless internet with WPA security. Check your owner’s manual.
Install antivirus or update your virus definitions automatically
Install spyware removal or make sure your antivirus is a “Total Protection” product
Make sure your firewall is turned on
Set your PC to update your critical security patched for your operating system.
ROBERT SICILIANO, CEO of IDTheftSecurity.com is fiercely committed to informing, educating, and empowering Americans so they can be protected from violence and crime in the physical and virtual worlds. His "tell it like it is" style is sought after by major media outlets, executives in the C-Suite of leading corporations, meeting planners, and community leaders to get the straight talk they need to stay safe in a world in which physical and virtual crime is commonplace. Siciliano is accessible, real, professional, and ready to weigh in and comment at a moment's notice on breaking news.
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