One of the things that I enjoy about plinking is that it’s indefinable. No one really knows where the term comes from, and it can be stretched to cover just about any kind of informal shooting that is done for fun. When I was a kid, I roamed the fields and woodlands near my home with an air rifle, and if I saw something interesting, I would take a shot at it. That was plinking. In college, I neglected my studies (quite often, in fact) to shoot rats and everything else at the local dump with a .22. That was, I think, the best plinking of all.
Recent headlines about internet hacking and security breaches have focused on large retailers such as Target, Neiman Marcus, and Home Depot, and big banks such JPMorgan Chase. Unfortunately, fraud and financial data losses are not limited to retailers or even to one industry. Small shooting-sports businesses are increasingly vulnerable to cyber crimes such as online identity theft, hacking, and phishing. Today, even though almost every business is involved with some form of internet connection and data storage of customer lists, books, records, receipts, and . . .