How Can I Use Google To Protect Myself From A Cyber Attack?

In the information age that we live in now, the most valuable thing that anyone can have is data.

Data is the millennium version of Gold.

If you have the right piece of data, it can turn out to be more important than any mineral.

Unfortunately, most people’s online habits have not caught up to this new reality yet.

People leave information about themselves all over the place.

Just because they can not see how that information can prove to be useful, other people can.

They will use that data against you.

It can not only destroy your financial value, it can also be used against you in a personal attack.

How The Search Engines Are Utilised

The main tool that is used in these types of attack is Google.

Learn how knowing what data Google collects about you can help you turn the tide.

When most people think of tools that cyber criminals use when they are creating a malicious attack, the last thing that they think of is Google, yet Google is probably the number one tool that they will use to attack a subject.

A hacker needs data to properly plan an attack.

The number one way to get the data that they need is through the use of Google combing through the entire known web, looking for pieces of information.

There are several commands that people can use to find obscure data that they might need.

They are called advanced operators and anyone can use them in Google.

Learning some of these advanced operators might keep you from getting in trouble.

They will let you know what data is out there about your or your company, that is able to be collected.

There are a lot of advanced operators, too many for us to go over them all.

I’ll only give you a couple of operators to help get you started but the rest of the ones that you might need are easy to look up –

Intitle

A good one to learn is “intitle”.

This will let you know if a word is in the title of a web page.

Inurl

Also you have “inurl”.

This as you can guess does the same thing as “intitle” but is used for the url of a site.

Filetype

The “Filetype:” operator will let you know if there is any information available about you on a file that is not a web page.

As you can guess the list of advanced operators is quite long and there are quite a few that can help protect you.

Part of your security measures for your personal life and your company, should be to find out what the bad guys can find out about you on the Internet.

If you find something that you don’t like, take the necessary precautions to prepare against it.

Once it is on the web you will have a hard time getting it off.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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  1. With all of these privacy concerns with Google, maybe your identity will be more safe if you avoid Google altogether.

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