Trolls and hackers are similar to each other in several ways. Both species are annoying and enjoy causing problems.
I’m not talking about the trolls that try to upset everyone in online forums with rude and obnoxious posts. Although, who’s to say that that’s not how hackers spend their free time. Here are five ways that hackers compare to trolls.
Both are cave dwellers or live under bridges. The point here is that hackers keep to themselves. They ostracize themselves from society and spend their time alone in dark basements until they strike it rich at other people’s expense. Then they move into a plush penthouse with exceptional security. In both cases, they separate themselves from the rest of us and usually live in somewhat unhealthy, secluded environments.
Thinking of Them Incites Fear
Just the thought of coming into contact with a hacker should make you want to shrivel up and hide. They can access sites that are not secure. That’s why so many online businesses stay as far away from them as possible by scanning their sites for vulnerabilities that hackers use to get into sites and mess things up.
They Destroy Things
Hackers are good at making beautiful websites completely shut-down or go to a different URL. What was once a well-oiled machine, when touched by the hand of a hacker, is quickly destroyed. Like a troll that loves busting your vehicle in half, or throwing you half-way across the river, hackers like attacking people – even when they have no relationship with them.
They Have No Feelings
Both Trolls and Hackers could care less about hurting the feelings of business owners, online consumers, and bankers. Say you’re a business owner who has worked ten years on growing your business. Hackers don’t care. They will take all your hard work and your customers’ credit card data – all with a big smile on their faces. You are left with economic, legal and reputational repercussions. Like a big, ugly troll, the hacker only cares about himself.
They sneak up on people.
Hackers and Trolls are very sneaky. Sometimes an online business doesn’t even realize that they have been hacked and that their customers’ personally identifiable information has been stolen until months after the hacker initiated the hack.
So the next time you think about trolls, maybe the idea of an online hacker will pop into your head – and you’ll feel the need to call Trust Guard so they can help you keep your website free from vulnerabilities. Get on the website’s live chat and ask Shayne for a free vulnerability scan. It’s the one way to see if these scary troll-like creatures have already infiltrated your website or not.