Smartphone technology has advanced tremendously in the past few years, so the creativity of imposters, hackers, fraudsters, and cyber criminals. Ransomware, privacy invasions, file encryption, data theft, phishing & voice phishing attempts, SMS phishing, one ring scams, and impersonation are the most common threats that make us rethink the way you use our phones and smart home devices. In order to save yourself from being scammed, set up some essential security layers.
Cyber Security education or how to no get burned because of our naivety
The first layer of protection is our own continuous education – the easiest way to keep your phone & data safe.You will be less vulnerable on any device you use, no matter the brand or the operating system. Not replying to calls, texts or emails you aren’t familiar with is one of the rules you should stick to. Always check for the number using online directories such as https://check-caller.net. Ignore, don’t click, double check, no payments on call, forget about your infos (credit card or social security number), these are some basic security habits in order not to expose yourself. Keeping an eye on your monthly bank statements is the best way to avoid scammers who are using techniques such as “the free trial”.
“Just because you receive an email which appears to come from your boss’s email account, doesn’t mean that your boss really sent it to you,” says businessinsights.bitdefender.com
“It’s perfectly possible that it’s someone who is forging your boss’s email address or – worse – has managed to compromise your boss’s email account in order to send you fraudulent messages, perhaps asking you to transfer funds into a bank account under a hacker’s control, or forward sensitive information.”
Cyber security veteran Graham Cluley suggests that one way to defend against such attacks is to agree code phrases that will only be known to the two legitimate parties, and not something that would be easily determined by a scammer.
No apps from third parties, Malvertising, phishing and Blocking pop-ups. Detect and prevent the techniques used by cybercriminals.
The app universe is extremely targeted by cyber criminals. Our devices are getting infected and breached daily through illegitimate apps. Visiting unofficial app stores, downloading apps outside official app stores is another big NO, if you want to decrease your chances to be infected. The ad blocker will also keep the cybercriminals at a certain distance.
“Keep your guard up against phishing on all your devices, no matter if it’s a desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone. No clicking on short, suspicious links, that you didn’t request. And be careful with those attachments you download via email or instant messaging services,” advises heimdal security blog.
Smartphone Security Tour
Keep intruders away by activating a screen lock. Check all the existent settings on your phone and activate two-factor authentication and automated screen-lock, often offered only as optional settings. When used in conjunction with other security measures, biometrics (facial technology, fingerprints) are considered one the most secure ways of authenticating oneself. Activate remote device locator to remotely locate your lost or stolen smartphone, and make automatic backups in the cloud. With this move all apps and data will be automatically synchronized in the cloud. The encryption of the phone and a trustworthy antivirus are another steps to keep your device safe. Connecting your smartphone to unknown computers or using non-secure connections will put all your data at great risk. Bluetooth is not secure way to communicate.
Treat cyber security risks as a business issue
Every organization needs a structured cyber security plan.
“In my experience, most organizations relegate cyber governance to the I.T. staff because their leadership sees cyber security as a technology issue,” James Goepel, Chief Technology Officer for ClearArmor Corporation told forbes. These leaders fail to appreciate that a cyber security incident can have a profound impact on the organization’s bottom line. From substantial fines and penalties imposed by regulations like Europe’s GDPR, which amount to 4 percent of an organization’s global revenue, to the cost of remediation, data breach notifications, lost business, loss of brand reputation and lost intellectual property, a single cyber security incident can quickly force an organization out of business.”
Enterprise security and why to keep your airspace safe
Worldwide, enterprise security spending will increase to $96.3 billion in 2018, forecasts Gartner, a research and advisory company.
Modern security requires a layered approach that keeps up with the evolution of drone technology. Drones are being significantly used for various undercover activities such as spying and for corporate espionage. Average cost of a data breach exceeds $3.8 million, claims a new global study by the Ponemon Institute. The financial impact of a corporate data breach is sometimes, immeasurable.
The global anti-drone market size is anticipated to reach USD 1.85 billion by 2024, according to a new report by Grand View Research. Rising incidences of security violation by unauthorized UAVs and increased acts of terror and nefarious activities worldwide has primarily driven market growth. The latest anti-drone solutions
offer protection from malicious drones by securing the airspace using advanced hardware and software technology.