In the late 90’s and early 2000’s, hackers hacked because it made them popular among their hacker peeps. They hacked for the challenge, fun and fame. Soon after the public started spending more time online, shopping, banking, using their PC for managing personal affairs. Now hackers aren’t just wreaking havoc, deleting files or making IT administrators miserable, they’re stealing lots of proprietary data. No longer fun and fame, the real game is illegal financial gain.
Hackers changed their motivation, which means you need to change your perceptions of what a computer is and how to operate it. It’s no longer something you just play Solitaire on. Or a place where you socialize and have friends. It’s a cash register to a hacker. It’s a bank. And it should be treated and respected like a vault.