AAA cards aren’t for everyone

Don’t let just anyone get access to your online life

Anyone that’s been or has plans or wishes to go to a live event such as a huge music festival (think Glastonbury), be onset of a cool movie production or life-changing sporting event (FIFA world cup anyone?) would love an AAA card.

For those that don’t know, the coveted AAA card means “access all areas”. That means green rooms, warm-up areas, press galleries, backstage, wings, on the sidelines, the field, the lot. There’s nowhere you can’t go and everybody knows it. And because of that access, there’s a lot you can find out before anyone else does. But because you’re essentially a good person, you’re satisfied with enjoying the experience, filing away the memories and waiting for the right get-together (or talk show?) to roll out another really cool story. And that’s totally fine.

Here’s what isn’t totally fine. If you were to take secret pictures of celebs getting ready or “recovering” from a show and selling those images to TMZ online or some other source that makes a living from airing dirty laundry in public. Or what about selling the other team’s plays, injury reports or pregame distractions to eager entities around the league that would put that information to good (or bad) use. It’s for this reason that AAA cards are notoriously hard to get your hands on – because some people (just some) are untrustworthy. The problem is, it’s very, very difficult to identify them before it’s too late.

Cyber-criminals aren’t dumb You don’t have reveal each of your logins and corresponding passwords to anonymous sources to get hacked. Criminals and opportunistic (blackmarket) data-traders don’t need you to hand them everything you have to breeze past your security and help themselves to your greenroom fruit platter, your halftime playbook and afterparty selfies. They just need you to look away for a moment, maybe be a little lax with password selection, perhaps ignore the protection of reputable encryption services. That’s all it takes. And they’ll likely take everything and come back for more.

We don’t want your money… yet”

Most people think about data thieves as those shadowy figures operating from basements that are trying to empty your bank account before you know what happened. Yes, that will be the case in some situations, but nefarious individuals and some commercial enterprises are just as happy to secure access to your email account or any other shred of online info that has perceived value. They may neither care nor know what the buyer has in store for your verified email address or other information, they just know that they’re getting paid.

The safest bet is to get in contact with a trusted supplier of encrypted hardware and or platforms for your or your company’s protection. It’s just a safer, better option that hoping that someone who could get access to your private information, with their online AAA hackers card, is just here for the cool stories.

Talk to us about keeping your stories, passwords and info to yourself.