It sure has been a scary October. In addition to all the creepy clown sightings – those politicians can be frightening – there are new stories everyday about all kinds of devices being hacked and used in cyber attacks.
It almost seems fitting that one of the largest and newest cyber attacks to date took place during Cyber Security Awareness Month.
Do you know about the vulnerability of your Internet-capable devices?
Do you know how to keep yourself safe?You likely saw the story about the huge internet disruption caused by a range of devices including web-connected baby monitors, smart speakers, and even DVRs. Experts at the National Cyber Security Alliance Conference told ABC News that this new type of attack used the devices to disrupt service to websites like Netflix, Twitter, and Spotify.
Manufacturers certainly are not sounding the alarm about their devices’ vulnerability. They don’t want people to be afraid to buy or use their products.
As a result, many people don’t know their devices can be targeted by malware. They also may not be aware of the precautions they can take to secure their Internet-capable devices.
Are your home and office secure?
Always in the forefront of the Internet security arena, Malwarebytes Labs offers ten steps you can take to make your mobile devices more secure. Here’s a quick overview.
- Password protection – even the FBI has found password-protected phones difficult to crack.
- Data encryption – information can’t be used if it’s scrambled.
- Remote wipe – many devices allow a remote memory wipe if they are lost or stolen.
- Backup data – just like you learned to save your documents frequently, backup your data on a regular basis.
- No third-party apps – the founder of Hootsuite recounted how he was hacked by a third-party app.
- No jailbreaks – most manufacturers include security protocols on their devices.
- Update often – operating system updates often fix discovered vulnerabilities.
- Beware of social engineering – there’s a reason your IT guys warn against clicking links in emails.
- Be smart with public W-iFi – data transmitted over public Wi-Fi is vulnerable to hackers.
- Use anti-malware – good security software can stop malicious attacks.
Hackers are like the Terminator . . . .
Or Jason, or Michael Meyers, or Freddy Kruger.
They may not be trying to kill you, but like we’ve said before, these guys just keep coming back. The listing of the 50 most attacked plugins identified by Wordfence for that week should have made you believe in the importance of securing your network and devices.
At eBurns Marketing Group, we are always keeping up with the latest plugin updates and being proactive to protect ourselves.
We can show you how to increase your visibility on the Internet and gain new customers, while still staying safe from cyber attacks. Our proactive, managed hosting plans can help you build the all-important SEO that will make you a success.
Contact us to discuss how we can help you on your digital marketing journey. We promise not to hack, attack, or otherwise trick you. At eBurns Marketing Group, we are all about the treats!