Wichita, Kansas -- The City of Wichita got hacked. Experts say it can happen to you.
"First off, why Wichita? Second, you have to keep in mind it can happen to you. It happens all the time," says Chase Williams with Ribbit Business Solutions of Wichita. "These days you've got kids in high school who are 17 who can hack into an FBI mainframe. There's people who... Their brain works that way."
Williams says it's easy to hack in some instances. Very tough in others.
"Top level security firms have had their CEO's hacked," says Williams. "In some cases it takes a team of eight or more people using a brute force attack. But, it can be done."
Williams says that may or may not be the scenario for a Turkish hacking group that is claiming responsibility for the City of Wichita hack. But he says it serves as a reminder.
"Get some security on your computer. Keep it up to date," says Williams. " I don't think we learned much at all that we didn't already know. The internet is the Wild West and it always will be. And unless you practice safety and take the measures and precautions to prevent something like that from happening, it's just going to be easier. Nothing is impossible online. It takes a guy with the brains, tools and software. Tough to do but they are out there."
Firewall is a good first line of defense. Some of the better ones are five or six hundred bucks. Others are very cheap.
"Everyone has a router," says Williams. "And all those routers have a firewall built into it. What you need is somebody nerdy enough to log into it with the IP address, get in there, and change settings on the firewall."
Another line of defense is antivirus software.
"There is an entire rainbow of antivirus out there," says Williams. "It's no guarantee. But it's just common sense. Make it tougher for them (hackers) and they likely will move on. Don't be an easy target."
He also says you should rotate passwords. We've heard that before and many workplace computer leaders expect rotation of passwords. But Williams says you should take it a step further in your personal life.
"Do not use the same password for different accounts," says Williams. "And please, do not use your birthday, dogs name or mother's maiden name. Make it tough."
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