We always ignore the possibility of cyber-Armageddon, but the reality is that it’s always there, lurking in the back of our minds…and our Internet browsers. If such a possibility were to come to fruition, we’d all be screwed. I mean, how much information have you put online that shouldn’t be there? How much of it is under the same password?
Fortunately, you don’t need to panic—yet. You can do many things to ensure your protection from cyber-Armageddon. First of all, keep your online accounts down to a minimum. It’s true that it’s important to have social networks, but how many do you need, really? If you have more accounts than you can keep track of, that gives hackers and other black-hats that many more opportunities to steal you and your info.
Secondly, don’t use the same password for everything. With so many accounts to deal with (see the first point), everyone does this; I’m guilty of this, too. But it’s a huge security problem for anyone who wants to access your stuff, including your money—they simply gain access to one account, and them bam! They’ve gained access to all the others as well.
Thirdly, don’t accept friend invites from people you don’t know. These people could be hackers themselves, trying to get stuff—money, sexual favors, blackmailing possibilities—out of you. Even if they’re not hackers and are something more mundane, why would they be going out of their way to contact you, a perfect stranger, on Facebook? They must be up to something.
Fourthly—and much more radically—get yourself prepared for a possible collapse of all of society. Scammers, hackers, and other black-hats are stronger than we realize; there’s no telling what they might do, if they put their minds to it…and those efforts might go so far as to bring down electrical and power systems of entire cities. Thus, keep up a stock of food, water, and tools for survival; gain invaluable skills, like farming and first-aid; and ensure that you’re trained in how to use weapons.
Now, all of this being said, is cyber-Armageddon actually likely to happen? Well, it’s more likely than you might think—some countries have seen their nuclear programs set back several months (or years) because of viruses. And if a virus is strong enough to take out the highly expensive nuclear programs of certain countries—or if scammers are powerful enough that they can access and distribute nude pictures of dozens of celebrities, as happened in 2014—who’s to say you’ll be protected? Even Sony Pictures—a company worth several billion dollars—was hacked in late 2014. So yeah, it seems fair to assume that cyber-Armageddon might be coming soon—and that we just can’t see it yet, from this side of history.
When all’s said and done, we can’t stop a cyber-Armageddon from coming—but we can certainly take steps to prevent it. If you follow the steps I’ve listed here, you’ll have a much better job of it than you would otherwise.