Although most people have already installed antivirus and firewalls to safeguard their electronic devices, technology is evolving. The same thing goes for the ingenuity of hackers who develop innovative methods to get a hold of personal data. Therefore, you should keep track of some of these developments in technology, as they can pose cyber threats.
Cybersecurity for remote working
As a result of the pandemic, more people choose to work remotely when they have the chance. When working at an office, there are usually several security measures to protect the information of employees and the company. However, working from home has posed a new threat to employers and employees, as home offices aren’t equipped with the same type of cybersecurity.
Hackers are taking advantage of employees using their smartphones for things like two-factor authentication, and therefore organizations need to shift their focus.
If you’re like many other users, you save your data in a type of cloud service. There are numerous benefits to saving your information in the cloud. It is cost-efficient and has made remote working easier, as you can always access the documents of a colleague. But this also means users of cloud services are victims of data breaches and account hijacking.
Organizations have to ensure that their cloud services are well protected, and that their employees are educated on not working on unsecured networks and how to choose strong passwords.
Internet of Things (IoT)
25 years ago, we probably didn’t expect that we could change the temperature of our fridge with a few clicks on our phone. But this is the case today. Because as we obtain more gadgets, a lot of those gadgets will include the Internet of Things-technology. By 2026, there will be around 64 billion IoT devices around the world according to Business Insider. Although IoT initially gives smart features, the technology is also a gateway for hackers to get access to personal information.
With the structure of IoT devices, it can be difficult to get firewalls and other cybersecurity measures. Therefore, it is still widely discussed how to combat these cyberattacks.
How to make your devices secure
If you already haven’t chosen to do so, installing antivirus software is one of the first steps in keeping your devices safer for working or surfing. The software should block phishing and secure your network. Secondly, a strong password is key to protecting your data. A rule of thumb is to use a combination of lower- and uppercase letters, numbers, and special characters to make the passwords as strong as possible.
But some of these passwords can be difficult to remember, and as mentioned in this article, a password manager can help you store passwords for any account. The only thing you need to remember is the ‘master password’ that unlocks the password manager. Some password managers can also create passwords for you and alert you when there’s a suspicious login attempt. Password managers have secure encryption as well as two-factor authentication, so there is little chance of them getting hacked.