The New Year, and the new decade rolled in recently, and more and more people are embracing technology like smartphones, smart TVs, and the like. Cyber security experts, meanwhile, are advising people to add another New Year’s Resolution to their lists; to increase the security for their devices.
Cyber security firm, Digital wave Inc’s Principal Architect Nam Nguyen says that any device that can connect to the internet, like a computer or baby monitor, needs to be protected, as these devices can be accessed by malicious third parties, as evidence by recent attacks on Louisiana’s and New Orleans’ local governments show how data security is more important now than ever.
Nguyen says that the most important thing is that people should make sure that their software is up-to-date, explaining that older software might be insecure or have bugs.
Another important thing, he notes, is to have good passwords, with different characters, letters, numbers, and special characters. He also says that having extra protection for computers and better data security, including ransomware protection, is never out of style.
He says that this is due to the fact that ransomware is one of the most common forms of privacy breaches, the one that gets the most coverage from the news due to the fact that it outright locks the computer, all while sending the data off to someone who’ll then hold it for ransom. In such a situation, only paying a ransom or having a backup is the only way to get things back.
Nguyen says that common sense steps like two-step verification and not clicking links that they don’t trust and/or haven’t verified, as certain links and files have macros that automatically drop bad software on people’s computer, so he recommends making sure that they know who’s actually sending them stuff.
Another thing Nguyen noted are smart TVs, which are now basically computers, with similar accessibility. This same functionality, he explains, allows for hackers to use TVs to watch, and breach people’s privacy. He says that just putting tape on cameras and turning off microphones when not in use can do much to help with protecting privacy.