How to prepare for a Cyber Attack

How to Prepare for a Cyber Attack!
What to do and how to survive a cyber attack

Learn the proactive steps to take to minimize the likelihood of a cyber
attack affecting your survival.

All empires collapse eventually. Will a cyber attack be what
makes America crumble? Perhaps most of America will perish, but
you're a prepper and you know you can take steps now to
mitigate the risks...

How to Prepare for a Cyber Attack
America is increasingly vulnerable to cyber warfare, because of its
dependency on the flow of electronic information. Our money, and
our lives are tied to the cyber world:
  • Imagine not being able to get your money from the ATM, not
    just for a day but for weeks on end.
  • Think of your employer not being able to give you a paycheck
    or customers unable to pay you for stuff they want.
  • Consider for a moment that your entire savings gets wiped
    away without a trace.
  • Ponder a bit what would happen if the toilet won't flush and
    the tap runs dry.
  • Picture yourself stuck somewhere far from home and not
    being able to pump your car full of gas to get home.
  • Envision the chaos when the traffic light system comes to a
    halt and also air traffic control.
  • Predict what will happen to the stock market, and the panic
    that will happen outside the grocery stores.

These are all real possibilities on the outcome of a cyber attack,
not just identity theft. A cyber attack could mean the end of the
world as we know it.

Will it be "Lights Out" for America?
In the New York Times Bestseller, Lights Out, Ted Koppel warns
that the United States is a nation unprepared. A major cyber
attack on America’s power grid is not only possible but likely,
according to his book. The United States is shockingly
unprepared. He warns that "For those without access to a
generator, there is no running water, no sewage, no refrigeration
or light. Food and medical supplies are dwindling. Devices we rely
on have gone dark. Banks no longer function, looting is
widespread, and law and order are being tested as never before."


















Above, Ted Koppel discusses Cyber Attacks and raises intruiging
questions about America's aging electrical grid and vulnerabilties.

The difference between identity theft and cyber attack...
Here's the truth about digital crime turned up a notch. If
someone steals your identity, it's a big mess. Just one person
can steal your digital fingerprint to ruin you financially. Imagine if
someone steals the digital identity of an entire nation? That's a
cyber attack an electronic armageddon.

The Electronic Armageddon
A digital doomday is imminent either by cyber warfare or attack
on our grid through an
ElectroMagnetic pulse -- both have similar
consequences.

What could happen if a cyber attack crippled every aspect of
modern society's infrastructure, including our especially
vulnerable electrical grid? One can only imagine.

America must learn the proactive steps to minimizing‎ the
likelihood of a cyber attack‎‎. When we're talking cyber attack,
there are many levels that should concern you as a prepper:

  • Cyber warfare (government): The United States has both
    launched an offensive and been a target for cyber warfare.
    China, Iran, Russia, South Korea.



  • Cyber crime (individual): The cure for a personal cyber
    attack when you have sensitive information on your
    computer is to get virus protection, such as the best selling
    Norton by Symantec Security Delux, pictured right, and use it
    daily. Norton Security Deluxe protects your identity and
    financial data from cybercrime. It can help guard against
    identity theft, but it's not the only way to survive an attack.

Is it just a glitch or a warning of more glitches to come?
Cyber glitches have happened recently. Below are some examples
of cyber glitches that are real and really recent...

Airline cyber glitches 2016
Industry consultants say airlines have an increased risk of
computer disruptions:

U.S. Government glitches 2016

Below are some of the first glimpses we got of the problem of
cyber attacks and glitches...

  • Y2K glitches: During Y2K preppers imagined the possibility
    of massive computer glitches which were man-made. Most
    problems were handled by retailers on the fly without much
    incident to consumers. While a global problem didn't
    materialize, preppers were ready just in case.

  • The world's first digital weapon. In the book, Countdown
    to Zero day, top cybersecurity journalist Kim Zetter tells the
    story behind the virus that sabotaged Iran’s nuclear efforts
    and shows how its existence has ushered in a new age of
    warfare—one in which a digital attack can have the same
    destructive capability as a megaton bomb.

So now that you have a good understanding of how this whole
cyber attack thing can affect you personally, you need to know
what to do...

How to Prepare for Cyber Attack
You may feel hopeless from a cyber attack, but from a prepper's
perspective, there's so much you can do! Below are some tips on
how to prepare before and for a cyber attack.

#1: Know where you stand in your credit profile.
Protecting against identity theft and cyber attack goes beyond
credit card monitoring. Though you should review your credit card
report at least once a year, preferably every six months.
Reviewing your credit won't solve your problem, it will only alert
you to the problems you will face. Below are some more practical
ways to mitigate an attack in the first place...

#2: Protect your identity by using mostly cash.
Cash is king, especially to preppers! Use cash whenever possible,
so there's less chance of your personal information being stolen.
Not only will the credit cards not be able to track your prepping
purchases, but you will be safer from attack when it comes to
cyber crime.

#3: Get an RFID blocker for your credit cards.
RFID is the acronym for Radio Frequency Identification. It's that
little chip in your card that takes so long to read at the checkout
counter. By the end of 2015 almost all credit and debit cards
issued in the United States received an RFID chip on them, which
can easily be stolen by anyone walking near you with a scanner
unless you have a secure wallet or case you can carry them in.
Without a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) blocker, you are
at risk. You can protect yourself from data thieves who skim and
steal your personal financial information with:
  • an RFID blocking wallet
  • RFID blocking credit card sleeves.
  • an RFID blocking sleeve for your passports!

Having an RFID blocker will help you avoid wasting hours of time
cancelling credit cards, and you won't lose sleep and anxiety over
identity theft. You can travel safely and securely knowing that
you won't be a victim.

The QuickVent Safe with RFID locking system is the safest place
to hide and secure weapons, money, jewelry:
















Above, the QuickVent Safe with RFID locking system is the safest place to
hide and secure weapons, money, and jewelry. There are no numbers to
memorize or buttons to push, you just wave the included RFID card  across
the top of the "vent" and it opens instantly. With the RFID locking system
your gun and other valuables are secure, yet can be accessed in seconds.

#4: Never use a debit card at a restaurant.
A restaurant is among the most dangerous places for credit card
theft. Actually there are
ten places never to use a debit card.
Why are restaurants a target of cyber crime? According to
creditcards.com "Restaurants are one of the few places where you
have to let cards leave your sight when you use them." This gives
cyber thieves more opportunity to take your money instantly.

#5: Avoid using a debit card online.
Debit cards leave you vulnerable online, even if you use virus
software. A credit card offers you more protection online than a
debit card no matter where you use it, whereas a debit card
offers cyber thieves and immediate withdrawal of your cash.

#6: Stop using a debit card at gas stations.
You are vulnerable for cyber theft at a gas station. All it takes is
a guy sitting across the street with a laptop and an antenna for a
cyber criminal to
steal your money while pumping gas with a
debit card, so says bankrate.com. A small camera can capture
your PIN and a thief can get your money.

#7: Minimize transactions at outdoor ATMS.
Skimming happens, of all places, at the ATM machine outside the
bank, the place you'd least expect it, but this is where it happens
most! It's much better to get your cash directly from the teller
inside to avoid skimming, so you may as well stand in line and
get a larger sum of money than getting $40 here and there.
Inside a retail outlet is also better place than out doors.

#8: Change your passwords and make them
uncommon.
Keep cyber thieves guessing. If you've been doing things, and
following the guidelines above, you've been making yourself a
more difficult target. Add to the list of things to do and not do...

  • Change your password change every now and again.
    Never use the same password twice or repeat a password
    you've used before.

  • Avoid keyboard pattern password: "asdfgh" or "qwerty"
  • Don't use number patterns: "123456" or "696969"
  • Skip popular words like "football," "Superman" or
    "dragon"

Ten things to do immediately following a
cyber attack.

#1: Fill the bath tubs with water.
If you watched the first episode of Revolution, you were likely
riveted with thoughts about the event which was a cross between
a cyber attack and an EMP event. You may perhaps remember one
of the first lines in the television series where a man comes into
an a home and tells his wife to: "Fill the sinks and tubs, we don't
have much time!"


















How will you fill your bathtub? A WaterBob, pictured above right,
is designed to capture 100 gallons of water in your bathtubs to
make it hygienic. Depending on the circumstance, you may need
to filter the water.

#2: Head to the dollar store with a calculator and
cash (no debit card or credit card).
Grocery stores are dependent on bar code readers, and many will
shut down with a computer glitch of any kind.

Why head to the dollar store then? Because it's your best chance
for getting what you need. If everything is a buck, the manager
may allow a cashier to count merchandise -- and you can help the
cashier with a calculator (look for one at the store or grab one in
your glove compartment).

Here are
99 ways to save a buck prepping the dollar stores.


#3: Be able to "Last 40 days and 40 nights," with
food storage.
Do you have a fresh food supply that can take your family to at
least the first 40 days and nights of a cyber attack? In other
words, do you have enough food in your cupboards to last a really
long time? You have your stores of food, but if you can use your
cash on hand to get the fresh foods your family needs, you will
be better able to last even longer with the foods you have in your
food storage.


#4: Read and imagine, watch movies.
Authors of fiction and playwrights, are able to help you visualize
and understand the magnitude of a disaster. As a prepper you
likely have a pretty good idea, but a book can augment your
preparedness by having you consider new scenarios, which could
prepare you for an eventuality. Countdown to Zero Day (a novel
on Cyber Attack) Free with Audible trial, is one such a novel.

Read,
SAS Survival Handbook, Third Edition: The Ultimate Guide
to Surviving Anywhere
by John "Lofty" Wiseman. Written in 2014,
this "classic bestselle" received an update recently to reflect the
latest in survival knowledge and technology, and covering new
topics such as urban survival and terrorism.

#5: Expect a power outage.
The United States concluded that a malicious cyber attack caused
a power outage in the Ukraine suffered affecting more than
225,000 customers. Hackers were able to remotely switch
breakers to cut power after installing malware.

A power outage could happen in the U.S. and recovery could be
up to several weeks. Aside from day-to-day dependency on
electricity there are other considerations:


Cyber Attacks: How can they hurt us?
















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Happy endings...
Keep reading our free information so you'll know exactly what to
do to prepare for a cyber attack.

  • Want to watch a fun prepper movie on the subject of
    cyber attack? Watch Live Free or Die Hard, starring Bruce
    Willis (2007), which is the story of a three-pronged
    cyberattack designed to bring down the entire country by
    crippling its transportation, finances, and utilities.

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