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Subscribe to our cybersecurity newsletter for the latest information.Always staying ahead of the latest threats can be exhausting, especially with hackers stepping up their game, as we have seen with supply chain attacks and triple-extortion ransomware threats. If you need a quick break from constantly monitoring your cyber security, here are eight funny cyber security quotes that we’ve gathered from security experts and advocates that are sure to lighten up your day.

  1. “Treat your password like your toothbrush. Don’t let anybody else use it, and get a new one every six months.”  – Clifford StollAccording to one estimate, 66% of people use the same password for multiple accounts. Therefore, if your data was involved in a data breach, then hackers gain the opportunity to access more than one account. Changing your password regularly minimizes your risk of exposure.
  1. “The three golden rules to ensure computer security are: do not own a computer; do not power it on; and do not use it.” – Robert MorrisSimilarly, if you never get into a car, you will never experience a driver-induced car accident. However, some things in life, especially the computer, are a necessity. Always keep best security practices in mind when you’re on the internet.
  1. “IoT without security = Internet of Threats” – Stéphane NappoIoT devices are poorly protected, and with the majority of enterprises using IoT devices, almost every company is exposed to cyber attacks. Secure your IoT the same way you secure your IT systems.
  1. “Once a new technology rolls over you, if you’re not part of the steamroller, you’re part of the road” – Stewart BrandNew technologies are released all the time. Companies are quick to adopt them because they increase efficiency and make life easier. However, connecting a new device or technology introduces a new attack vector, so make sure you secure it.
  1. “When you secure things right, people won’t be sure you’ve done anything at all” – unknownWhen you’re preventing threats left and right, you may not get recognition for it. However, lack of recognition beats being on the news due to a massive data breach that your company experienced.
  1. “We live in a society absolutely dependent on science and technology and yet have cleverly arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. That’s a clear prescription for disaster.” – Carl SaganA well-functioning society needs its citizens to understand how computers, data, and privacy work. If people are uninformed, then they are prone to having their devices hacked or believing in misinformation that is often spread by foreign adversaries.
  1. “Relying on the government to protect your privacy is like asking a peeping tom to install your window blinds.” – John Perry BarlowIt is well documented that governments spy on citizens. Thus, it’s the responsibility of the individual to take care of his or her own privacy.
  1. “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and a few minutes of cyber-incident to ruin it” – Stéphane NappoReputation is the cornerstone of sales. However, once you suffer a major cyber incident that’s published all over the news, you will lose market share to your competitors, and they will be the ones laughing. Make sure your cyber security is unassailable.

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