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You Weren't Hacked

By Ben McCully

Have you ever been hacked? Cyber security is a growing threat these days BUT, chances are, unless you're a celebrity or a company/organization, you've never been hacked nor are you at risk for it. But, but, but, you say, I HAVE been hacked. I had to change my facebook password or you've seen friends have to. No...you weren't hacked. It's becoming the most overused and WRONGLY used term in 2018. If you leave your facebook open and a coworker with a sense of humour changes your status to something silly, you weren't hacked. If you click on spyware or malware, most commonly in those forwarded 21st century versions of junkmail that your friends send you through private message...you weren't hacked. And if you were fooled by the most common tactic lately, getting a message from someone asking 'is this you' with a video link, no, unfortunately you weren't hacked. It's embarrassing to make an online or social media mistake this day and age. The stereotype that only old people don't know how to use facebook and twitter isn't true. But remember the difference. If you fall for spam or you click on a fake article like Westjet giving away free flights...you weren't hacked. You were duped. You got a virus for clicking what you shouldn't. Stop saying HACKED. That's reserved for computer whiz's who use expertise & skills to get into things that are locked or password protected. So be cyber aware. And let's get back to that cute cat video. Oh look, he thinks he's people.


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