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Ep. 024: Cybersecurity and Hacking with Kevin Mitnick

In his latest book, "The Art of Invisibility," Kevin uses true-life stories to show exactly what is happening without your knowledge, teaching you online and real-world tactics to protect you and your family.

Jill Schlesinger

By Jill Schlesinger, CFP®
  |  Published: June 15, 2017

It seems there’s a story every day in the news that involves hacking. Whether it’s a big box retailer, the IRS, or the Democratic National Committee, cyber warfare has become one of the biggest threats in the 21st century, and we are all vulnerable.

To help you understand the current environment and to learn some of the simple steps we should take to prevent ourselves from becoming a victim, we had to find an expert—a professional hacker. I’m not talking about some random hack; I’m talking about the hacker of all hackers, Kevin Mitnick.

Kevin Mitnick on Cybersecurity

This guy is the real deal. So real, in fact, that after a well-publicized pursuit back in the 1990s, he was arrested by the FBI and spent five years in prison, including eight months in solitary confinement.

Now a free man, Kevin does consulting work for Fortune 500 companies and the government. I should point out that, for business cards, he uses metal lock pick sets with his name and number on them. Really.

In his latest book, “The Art of Invisibility,” Kevin uses true-life stories to show exactly what is happening without your knowledge, teaching you online and real-world tactics to protect you and your family. After reading this book, you will learn everything from password protection and smart Wi-Fi usage to advanced techniques designed to maximize your anonymity.

Despite what we’d all like to believe, our passwords really can be stolen, our data sold and our personal emails read. After listening to this interview, check out the book, and learn the simple steps to help prevent it from happening to you.

A big-time presence in the social media world, you call follow Kevin on Twitter for updates and tips on cyber security.

This article was originally published on Jill Schlesinger’s LinkedIn.

The opinions stated on the Better Off podcast are those of the host, Jill Schlesinger, and her guests, and not those of Betterment or its employees. Any third party links provided are offered as a matter of convenience and are not intended to imply that Betterment endorses, or is affiliated with the owners of or any information contained on those sites unless expressly stated otherwise. Listen to a preview and subscribe to “Better Off” here.

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