When you think of a hacker, do you envision an anti-social, young, hoodie- wearing man in a dark basement? Popularized by Hollywood and mainstream media, this is the image many of us see, although it’s not entirely accurate. These stereotypes teach us to think of hackers only as nefarious individuals who will stop at nothing to wreak unstoppable havoc. However, the reality is that hacking is a variable, diverse, and highly indvidualized practice, and not all hackers are cybercriminals. In fact, some hackers can even help strengthen your digital defenses!