The cyber security industry is in the midst of a renaissance as companies and governments around the world increasingly seek to exploit vulnerabilities to steal personal data.
In a world where personal data is becoming a commodity, companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, and others have found a way to sell it on the open market.
The digital-rights industry has been in a similar position.
However, in the past year, companies like Apple, Google, and Facebook have come under fire for selling data to advertisers for profit, and security experts say they’re just as vulnerable as the rest of us.
As we’ve seen in the cyber-spying cases, when governments and private companies try to get access to private data, it can end up being very costly and time-consuming to defend against hackers and other hackers.
That’s why, for the most part, privacy advocates and security researchers are focused on finding ways to get our data back and protect it.
That means not just getting a password back but also a copy of the information.
This article originally appeared on Tech Insider.