In the last few years, journalists have witnessed some of the most high-profile cyberattacks in history. From the Panama Papers to the WannaCry ransomware outbreak, journalists have been targeted by criminals looking to steal their data or silence them altogether. It’s easy to see why: many journalists work directly out of their homes and offices, meaning that they are constantly online and less likely than other professions to protect themselves against threats like phishing scams or malware infections.
The more online you are, the more likely you are to be targeted by a phishing attack.
The more online you are, the more likely you are to be targeted by a phishing attack. Phishing is when someone impersonates another person—usually someone in authority—and tricks you into giving them information or clicking on links that take you to malicious sites. It’s one of the most common forms of cybercrime, with around 20 million victims per year.
Journalists are particularly vulnerable because they often use their personal email address for professional communications (such as contacting sources) or for writing articles and other content for publication online. If hackers get access to journalists’ emails via password theft or phishing, then they could put information about their vulnerabilities out there for everyone else who might want it too—including those who aren’t journalists!
The vast majority of hacks are not hacks at all,
Phishing is the most common way that people are hacked. The vast majority of phishing attacks are not hacks at all, but rather ordinary people being tricked into giving up their passwords and other data.
Phishing emails look like they were sent by a legitimate company or organization, usually in the form of an email from a bank or financial institution that you’ve had contact with before (and probably trust). They may even have links to websites that look exactly like what you would expect them to be; this makes it easy for hackers to get your information in an attempt to steal more money from you.
The best way to avoid getting hacked is by being careful about who can see your personal information online—if someone has access to it, then they could use it against you!
You are responsible for your own security.
You are responsible for your own security.
It’s important to remember that you are not just an ordinary journalist, but also an individual with unique needs and vulnerabilities when it comes to online safety. Being a journalist does not mean you’re safe from cyberattack—it means that there are more potential targets for hackers than others. It’s up to each of us individually to make sure we have the tools necessary so that we can remain secure while doing our jobs effectively and efficiently on social media platforms like Twitter or Facebook (or anywhere else).
If someone tells me they don’t think they should be worried about their privacy because they don’t have many followers on Twitter or Instagram, then I’ll tell them: “You’re wrong.”
Even if you take all of the right steps, you can still find yourself a victim.
If you’re a journalist, one of the most important things you can do is keep your personal information safe. That means using strong passwords and two-factor authentication when possible, as well as avoiding phishing attacks—and being aware of how much access to your account other people might have.
But even if you take all of these precautions and more, it’s still possible that someone could hack into your computer or phone during an attack on another site (or even when they’re not). Phishing scams are also becoming increasingly sophisticated; in fact, according to security company Cyphort’s latest report on cyber crime trends around the globe, journalists are among some of their most vulnerable customers thanks in part to their “unique needs for security.”
It’s easy to become complacent.
It’s easy to become complacent about security.
We all like to think we know what we’re doing, that there are no surprises in our job or at home life. But this is not the case—and it’s especially true when it comes to online security. Every day, people across the globe are exposed to new threats and vulnerabilities that could leave them vulnerable if they aren’t careful enough with their privacy settings on social media accounts and email accounts (to name just two examples).
The more we think we know about security, the more likely it is that we are complacent. This can lead to dangerous consequences when it comes to our personal information. We should all take steps now to protect ourselves and make sure our accounts aren’t being compromised by hackers who want access.
Journalists are the most vulnerable to cyberattack
- Journalists are often the target of phishing attacks.
- Journalists are often the target of ransomware attacks.
- Journalists are often the target of social engineering attacks.
Journalists are also vulnerable to spear phishing attacks, which use email spoofing to fool recipients into opening malicious links or attachments that can infect their computers with malware and steal sensitive data like bank account numbers or passwords for online accounts like Gmail or Facebook Messenger.
The journalist is typically the most-vulnerable target in a cyberattack. They are most likely to be targeted because they can access sensitive information and hold the key to the story. The media industry has become more dependent on technology, which means journalists are increasingly vulnerable to cyberthreats. But many organizations aren’t doing enough to protect journalists from these threats—and that’s a problem.