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How to Secure Your Digital Life

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Stalkers, Bullies & Hackers

Marc Goodman

How to Secure Your Digital Life

Marc Goodman

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2. Stalkers, Bullies & Hackers

Lesson Info

Stalkers, Bullies & Hackers

One of the things that we need to understand is the nature and threat of the cyber security threat and how it effects people personally, how it affects their families, and how it affects their money. When most people think of cyber crime, they think of the evil masked genius in a far-off land, kind of like something like Eliot in Mr. Robot, and you have to wear the obligatory hoodie to look very, very sinister. I've seen and arrested lots of hackers. Most of them were not wearing masks at the time I brought them into custody, so this is not a good indicator of who the bad guys are. For most people, when you think of cyber crime, you think identity theft and credit card fraud. And you think well it's no big deal. I'm not really liable for any of the charges, and I'll just get a new credit card. Citibank will send me a new card. But I want you to understand that the threat is so much greater than just credit card fraud and identity theft. And I want to start off telling you the story of ...

Mat Honan. Mat Honan was a reporter for Wired Magazine, extremely well-regarded, and very very technologically savvy. And a few years ago, he was sitting at home with his infant daughter on his lap. It was 5 o'clock. He was getting ready for dinner. But first he had an important business phone call. He had a conference call. And so he was watching his iphone, and as he was playing with his daughter he noticed suddenly that his iphone powered down. And it was plugged in, so it was charged. He thought that was kind of weird, so he went to reboot it. And when he went to reboot it, all of a sudden he noticed when the screen came back on, that it was in the original factory reset mode, that it wasn't his regular iphone, but somebody had completely reset it. So he said no problem, I'll just do the call on my ipad. So he went over to that. Same exact thing. He saw the big white Apple logo, the entire thing had been erased. And then he said this is totally weird, and then he went to his computer, and it was wiped, remotely wiped. So all of his digital devices were wiped, and all of his data was lost. What was some of the data that he lost? Well, every single photograph that he had taken of his brand new baby daughter, from the time she was born in the hospital to the first car ride home, to her first steps evaporated into digital no man's land. Pictures of his grandparents, their wedding. Photographs of relatives who had passed away that he had scanned and thrown away the originals were now all gone. Every single one of his personal and professional contacts had been wiped from his address book. And eight years of gmail was erased, history. What the hell had just happened, right? Mat Honan turned into the digital invisible man. Somebody had hacked his life. And think about how much you rely upon all that data on your business emails, on your personal emails, on your address book, of how much you care for the ones you love in your life and how many digital photos and videos you've taken of them. Imagine the impact of that happening to you, having your whole digital life erased. That's what we're here to prevent today. It's not just credit card fraud. It's not just identity theft. By the way, it turns out Mat was hacked by a kid who decided that he wanted his Twitter account because Mat's Twitter account was @Mat. He's like that's cool, I'm going to hack Mat's entire life and just steal that because he could. Some young 17 year old kid was able to do that to Mat, and if he can do this to a highly technologically experienced reporter for Wired Magazine, he sure as hell can do it to you and me, so we need to be prepared. I'm also going to tell you later the story about Miss Teen America. She had her personal webcam hacked. So this was a 16 year old girl who had her webcam hacked, and the hacker was able to take naked pictures of her and then use those to extort her for sex, something called sextortion. So again, not just credit card. It affects people's personal lives. And this is the one statistic that really really makes me sad. It turns out that 20% of middle school students, so these are young kids, middle school students, have seriously considered suicide as a result of cyber bullying. Alright in my book, there's numerous stories of kids committing suicide as a result of cyber bullying, and I actually had to stop writing the book because the stories were so profound and sad. And this doesn't have to happen, right? There are steps that you can take to protect yourself. So that's why I want you to know how to do what I'm about to explain to you.

Class Description

Are you ready for a proven, insanely simple plan to lock down your digital life, defend yourself against hackers and reduce your cyber risk by up to 85%? How to Secure Your Digital Life is a one-day program that has helped tens of thousands of people and can help you finally achieve peace of mind for all your online activities and digital life. With cyber attacks at an all-time high—and rising every day—you owe it to yourself and your family to learn the critical art of cyber self-defense. If you don’t protect yourself, who will?

Did you know...

• Everyday malicious hackers around the world release nearly 1 million new malware threats.

• Antivirus software only catches 5% of new threats targeting your computer.

• Identity theft strikes a new victim every two seconds in the United States, and children are more than 50 times more likely to suffer identity theft than adults.

• The average American has over 130 online accounts today; a number predicted to rise to over 200 by 2020.

• Ransomware attacks were up 250% in 2017 and are expected to cause nearly 12 billion dollars in damage by 2019.

• Nearly 600,000 Facebook accounts are hacked on a daily basis.

• According to IBM Security, 95% of data breaches can be traced back to human error.

Technology companies, app makers, and social media firms are vacuuming up every scrap of private data they can, including your location, personal photos, dating habits and entire browsing history. They can even remotely activate your phone’s camera or microphone—all without your knowledge. All of this personal data can be used against you, to determine whether you are offered that next job, promotion, car loan, or mortgage.

Today’s hackers, organized criminals, fraudsters, online predators and cyber bullies are threatening you, your family and your money on a daily basis. Don’t be an easy target, learn how to fight back. You may have heard privacy is dead and there is nothing you can do to protect yourself. This is not true. Companies and criminals alike want you to think that—don’t fall for it.

Small steps can make a huge difference in your personal and professional cybersecurity, and we’ll show you all the insider tips and secrets you need. There’s no such thing as perfect security, but after this class, you can  be vastly more protected and secure than you are today and Marc Goodman, the cyber security expert, who has helped tens of thousands of people protect themselves and take charge of their digital lives, is the guy to teach it to you.

Marc is the author of Future Crimes: Everything is Connected, Everyone is Vulnerable and What We Can Do About It. Future Crimes is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller and was Amazon’s Best Business Book of the Year. Marc has an extensive background in global security and law enforcement, including work as a street police officer, undercover investigator and senior advisor to INTERPOL and the US Government. His pioneering work on cybercrime investigation has been featured on CNN, NPR, Larry King, PBS, the Tim Ferriss Podcast, and TED.

In this pioneering course on How to Secure Your Digital Life,  Marc shares with you the secrets to protecting yourself online and how to use the very best of the technological tools we depend on for our modern lives. You’ll learn the basics of cyber self-defense and quick, specific actionable steps to improve your privacy, security, and safety in the online world.


In this class you will learn:

• How to reduce your cyber risk by up to 85% or more.

• The #1 online security habit that changes everything

• Why experts who tell you privacy is dead are dead-wrong

• How to finally master and organize all your passwords in a simple easy to manage system

• Why you need to avoid using dangerous “administrator accounts” and how you are using them without even knowing about it

• How to use a Virtual Private Network to secure your connections when traveling, at the local coffee shop or home

• How to protect yourself and your children from identity thieves and scammers eager to take your hard-earned money

• About the rarely used, totally free tool that can make it nearly impossible to hack your online accounts

• How to protect yourself from the exponentially growing ransomware threat and how to prevent hackers from destroying all of your emails, photos, videos, and sensitive documents

• How to lock down your mobile phones against hackers, theft, and spyware

Whether you are a complete cybersecurity beginner or an experienced user, his class is made for anybody who uses the Internet, a computer or mobile phone and will cover Windows, Mac, iPhones, and Android devices. What you don’t know about Internet safety and security can harm you, your family and cost you your life savings. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from a global cybercrime expert how to protect yourself and your digital future. This comprehensive, easy to understand, fun and the engaging course will crush your cybersecurity doubts. Defend yourself once and for all. Now’s the perfect time to take the next step to a safer, more secure digital future.  


Joyce Haven

Marc's class provides an excellent road map for making your online life safer. He provides clear examples and great resources that makes it easy to implement better personal security against identity theft and all manner of online scams. He's funny and engaging, and extremely encouraging. It was easy to go home and implement his plan. It also gave me the tools I needed to help my elderly mother safeguard her online presence as well. Great class, I highly recommend it.


Marc not only is a true and leading expert in cyber security, he also has a great way of teaching through a mix of compelling story telling and concrete "to-do's". The class is both compelling and extremely useful. I cant believe that this is not a required course at every high school and university. These are the real life skills we all need and Marc makes the complicated accessible. Great teacher, great class! I highly recommend it!

a Creativelive Student

Great course! This has given me so many tools to be able to better secure my digital life. I am eager to start implementing this info. Marc went over a serious amount of material in a one day class. It would be great if he does more classes at creative live. Thank you so much. I just turned on auto updates for my laptop operating system software!