It’s National Data Privacy Day – tips on what you need to know from expert Tyler Cohen Wood

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Wifi Hotspots
W-Fi hotspots open up the possibility of hackers stealing valuable information. When in public or on a public network, be very mindful of the information you enter into the world wide web; avoid entering passwords to your bank accounts, company files, etc., as hackers can break into the public network and steal passwords or even hack into your company's database.

IoT Devices
Your IoT (cell phone, temperature apps, health apps, etc.) devices are major targets as they collect personal data about you.

Phishing & Spear Phishing Emails/Text Messages
Significant rise in scams on mobile devices, like SMS text message attacks. Become familiar with Phishing emails and texts; know what they look like. Most will have some sort of link to click on, which usually allows malware to take over your device. Don't click on links from unknown users. Know the source of which your message comes from.

Home Networks are Now Being Used to Compromise Work Networks
Make sure that your home network has a strong encryption password and that you use the highest security settings available to secure your internet connection. Make sure that you do not discuss too much information on social media that could allow a hacker to target you or guess your password. Do not allow anyone not related to your company to use your work devices.

Better Password Crackers
Password guessing programs are becoming better and are on the rise. Passwords must be complex and use non-alphanumeric characters and changed frequently.

Malware that locks computer or keyboard until you pay a ransom – usually in bitcoin. The key to combating ransomware is similar to that of malware — never click on untrusted or suspicious email/SMS links.


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