Can cybercrime actually make the internet a safer place? There are many infosec experts who think that we have reached a tipping point where we will have to finally do something about cybercrime, which will eventually make the internet a safer place. The problem is that looking at it through an old framework makes it seem impossible. If we’re just relying on firewalls and passwords that can easily get hacked the internet turns into a zero-sum game – someone has to lose so another person can win. Fortunately, there is a better way.
Blockchain technology was invented so people could securely trade Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies without centralized banking and the fees that come along with it. Though there have been some security issues with cryptocurrency itself, the idea of decentralizing the internet has security experts feeling hopeful. Under a decentralized internet, hackers would have to hack each individual separately instead of gaining access to a database with millions of people’s personal information. That’s not to say that the incentive to hack would be gone altogether, but it would certainly put an end to day after day mass data breaches.
For now, using encrypted email providers and search engines that don’t track your movements online are some of your best options for remaining free from data breaches. The more data that is out there about you the less safe you are, and that includes information about your network and IP number which are identifiable through cookies. Learn more about protecting yourself online and the future of the decentralized internet from this infographic! Thanks to Cyber Security Degrees for providing the graphic.