Friday, April 21, 2017

Do ignorant people live happier?

Since childhood we start learning naturally, almost by accident. Years pass and with schooling we feed our knowledge. There are people who do it by obligation, others by a tireless spirit of curiosity. You create your own critical thinking, you become wiser ... However, someone one day says: "If you were an ignorant, surely you would live happier." This gives you thought and you may wonder if it could be true, if everything you have been studying so far really serves you to be happy.

Today, in our review of the best of the week in cybersecurity we want to disassemble this myth. And we found a perfect example in Canada. In this country, many teachers are beginning to teach cybersecurity to their students. To explain this initiative much better, the colleagues of Tripwire Inc interviewed Professor Benjamin Kelly, one of those involved in carrying out this initiative.

After all, although we are already totally acclimated to the subject, we cannot forget that cybersecurity is a matter that is still in its infancy. Even so, nowadays it is one of the points that should concern the most to companies if they want to protect themselves from future attacks. At Forbes, they interviewed Ariel Evans, a cybersecurity expert whose job is assessing cyber risk. In the interview, she tries to explain the importance of taking security more seriously in the business world.

Although we may think that we are safe thanks to our knowledge in the matter, nobody is 100% safe. The perfect example: the scam discovered this week about the false legitimate URLs, which affected companies as recognized as Apple. A Chinese researcher discovered that through a virtually undetectable "homographic" phishing attack, you could create a security breach just with one click.

Another further proof that your data can be click-through if you are not well informed is found this week in the popular social network Linkedin. Many users have received a fake email requesting their CV for a job. How to find out if it is fake? There are several indicators, but the clearest one is the sender's mail.

While education is the best way to avoid all kinds of cyber scams, that does not mean that it is not in the spotlight. Tripwire knows this and that is why at the beginning of the week they gave us some guidelines for controlling cyber-risks in school and in education.

As we can see, the statement "if you were more ignorant you would be happier" could not be more wrong. Maybe if you do not know the world as it is, with its dangers, you will happier for a while. But this illusion will break sooner or later when cybercriminals (which is what competes with us) come to take possession of your data. For that very reason, we will always be here to shed light on this matter and make you safer day by day, and consequently, happier.


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