Texas Hold-em, as odd as it may sound, actually holds some really interesting connections to online security. Especially if you think about your personal information like a deck of cards.

Texas Hold’em is a type of poker in which each player holds two cards in their hand and plays off a board of 5 cards that are also available to the entire table. What’s interesting about Hold’em is the cards a player is holding in their hand are meaningless without the cards on the table. In other words, you can’t win a hand without 5 cards.

Here’s how hackers play personal privacy poker:

  • First and last name are 10’s
  • Education history is a Jack
  • Employment information is a Queen
  • Age is a King
  • Location data is an Ace

An identity thief or scammer can’t win a hand (ie. steal your identity) without a full, 5-card hand. There’s only so much that can be done with one or two pieces of information, but with each piece of data collected the closer one gets to a straight flush.

From an identity security standpoint, it’s all about protecting data so thieves can only discover so much about you. It’s not about hiding everything. It’s about making yourself a difficult enough target so that thieves instead choose to move on to easier targets.

Share your cards wisely:

Hueya isn’t suggesting you don’t share, we’re suggesting you don’t overshare. Keep certain “cards” or pieces of personal information close to the vest so you can share other “cards” without fear or anxiety.

Don’t gamble away your personal information. By sharing wisely, you can preventatively protect yourself from harm.