Nine Cybersecurity Tips for the Mildly Paranoid, and 4 for the Truly Anxious (USA Today)


So it looks as if the CIA could potentially break into most smart phone or computer networks, at least according to the stolen documents released by WikiLeaks.

Whether you have anything to hide or not, it’s a good reminder that in a digital age, keeping your life private requires some work.

Here’s a list of nine things everyone should be doing already to keep their information relatively confidential, plus four more for the truly paranoid.

Don’t get Phished

The most common way the CIA’s cyber tools, and hackers for that matter, get into your devices are via phishing emails or texts. These are created to look like they’re from a friend or trusted sender (say your bank or a software company) and contain a link they try to trick you into clicking on.

Doing so loads software onto your computer, tablet or smartphone that allows the spies, or hackers, in. Once there, they can install any number of programs that allow them to spy on you and steal data. The CIA documents describe programs that can search through emails, contacts, texts and photos and send them from your device without your knowing it.