I hear this all the time:

"I'm a nobody; why would anyone want to hack me?"

I've got six reasons for you:

  1. You have money.
  2. You have good credit.
  3. You were randomly chosen.
  4. You pissed off the wrong person.
  5. Your friend or family members pissed off the wrong person.
  6. You put yourself out there as an online entrepreneur, Twitch streamer, YouTuber, etc.

If you think no one would ever try to hack you, you need this episode.

There's going to be a live YouTube Premier of this episode at YourSecure.Life/2 at 5 PM Eastern US time.

If you're not seeing this post until after that time, don't can still watch it. Any time, anywhere. Just go to the website.

There is also an audio version (it is a podcast afterall) and a text version of the transcripts, if you're more into reading.

@estoricru "open your spam folder, what do you suppose the senders of all those messages want?" (Sadly that doesn't even begin to cover it.)

@estoricru after than you can show them server logs

all that stuff is robots which at least highlights the ever-present threat, but people will go out and hack your stuff deliberately pretty often too, had my wifi ganked just 'cause it was there etc.

but yeah, the thing about robots is... q: how long does it take for a scanner to count to 4 billion? a: about that long.

@estoricru to edit all your posts and add ads to weed below each one of them.

(This actually happened to me)

@estoricru it was on a forum, old vBulletin and i had used a very common password. So completely my fault.

@estoricru #7: you're a step towards someone who they do want to hack. We're all 6 degrees of separation at most from someone worth hacking.

@jeffcliff That’s what #5 actually is in the episode. The “Pissing someone Off” was just the example but I should have made it more clear that I meant any of the other steps could be someone close to you.

Thanks for pointing that out. I’ll be sure to include it next time I talk on this :)

@jeffcliff Yeah, the original post is discussing my podcast episode that went out yesterday.

I'll add to this: @estoricru

You are a journalist
You post of Twitter
You have filed taxes online

@estoricru I've already been hacked multiple times, so I know firsthand! It's motivated me to be more careful.

@bihashowlinked Ah crap I'm sorry to hear that :( that's what I started the podcast for. Herd immunity is real!

@estoricru You could add the most problematic category imo:
You are a politician

Guardian: NSA tapped German Chancellery for decades, WikiLeaks claims

@estoricru I'll add: You are an easy target because of that reasoning, regardless of the other factors, your machine is useful...

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