I was mentioned in the Eastern Door News paper about the Internet Safety class I gave in October 2008 to Parents, Teachers, Fire Department.
THE EASTERN DOOR
How safe is your child online?
That was one of the themes of the “Ethical Hacker Guy,” otherwise known as Terry Cutler, as he put interested community members through the gauntlet of scary possibilities in cyber space Wednesday night. His resume includes training with the FBI, CIA and Navy Seals to catch hackers, so you could say that when he stepped into the business services complex to teach the class about Internet ethics and safety, he knew what he was talking about.
It didn’t start off scary, however. He talked about the joys of the Internet, such as finding lost friends from social networking sites like Facebook and Myspace. But he quickly got into the nitty gritty details of phishing scams, spam and other ways hackers try to attack your system daily.
You must know the scam about the wealthy Nigerian who is going to inherit $10 million, all he needs is $1000 to help secure it because he’s broke, but will soon be rich?
If you fell for it, you were royally scammed. If you didn’t, then you were at least annoyed. How about your wireless connection?
Is it secure?
Barely any of the 35 people present put up their hands to say yes. By not securing your WiFi network you are running the risk, maybe not tomorrow, but someday, of getting hacked.
I’m a government cleared cybersecurity expert (a Certified Ethical Hacker), and the Vice-President of Cyber at SIRCO, an investigations and protections firm in Montréal, Canada.
I’m also a frequent contributor to National & Global media reportage about cyber-crime, spying, security failures, internet scams, and the real social network dangers that families and individuals face every day.