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New technology makes protecting against hacking harder

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It seems like every day there is a new story of a company or person that was hacked.

The truth is, many of our lives revolve around technology, which makes us very vulnerable, according to local cyber security expert, Aaron Pack.

“The threat plane is getting larger, there's more points, more holes to cover, more things to think about. You get a new smart phone and you're not expecting that's now a threat walking around in your pocket,” Pack said.

Pack works with Netsource One to protect corporations from attacks.

“It's easy, it's really easy,” Pack said.

Pack said the hackers are often looking to steal your identity or take down a business.

But more commonly, hackers can enter your data and use your devices for a bigger plan.

It's called a zombie net, a large network of hacked devices used to hack more machines.

“The old school train of thinking was, you buy one product and it solves my problem,” Pack said. “Now, we're seeing, you have the product and that's great, but the covers this part of the pie chart on the threat plane, but what about the other huge 75 percent area.”

But pack says there are some ways to protect yourself

Wifi is like an open door. Protect it, and turn it off when you're not using it.

Don't open any strange emails or attachments

When registering for an account of some sort online. Make sure it's legitimate before giving out your information.

Because with so much technology engrained in our lives, we are all very easy targets for hackers

“With all the new smart technology coming out, everyone expects their stuff at their fingertips so there's a lot of data flying through wires and in the air we're not really aware of,” Pack said.

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