Wired Life a High Stakes Game
(Daily Finance) — It is easy to forget that the cigarette box-sized device in your pocket is actually a computer more powerful thanthe one that sent Apollo 11 to the moon. Smartphones, along with tablet computers, e-readers and wireless laptops, now hold some of our most priceless assets: photos, home videos, work samples, financial spreadsheets, not to mention books, movies, every album by the Rolling Stones, games and more. Plus critical access to our banking, email and credit information. The total value of a wired American’s digital life? Nearly $55,00 on average, according to a new survey from security firm McAfee (INTC). That value is only poised to get higher as digital consumers move more and more of their media — and personal — lives into the cloud. And as the value goes up, so does consumers’ vulnerability to hacking, theft and financial loss.