Each headline seems worse than the last: Target, Apple, Home Depot. And now, JP Morgan Chase. Perhaps you are losing faith that American corporations are keeping your personal information safe from hackers, but you wonder, what else can you do?
You could try hacking yourself. In fact, you should.
Scared by the recent leak of embarrassing celebrity photos onto the Internet, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban recently tried it and ended up telling all his high-profile friends they should do the same. He pretended to be an Internet criminal set on accessing his Apple iCloud account, and tried breaking in—a technique called a "pentest," or penetration test, in the professional security world. Cuban discovered the same thing many corporations discover with a pen test: Seemingly sophisticated security techniques are often easily foiled by a quick Google search.
But there's good news: If you think like a hacker, you can lower your risk.