Data privacy is a huge topic of discussion among security specialists around the world. As antivirus and firewall protection continues to improve, so does the technology that hackers use. How security works is rather simple but it’s not something that everyone thinks about; the only way to test a security system is to hack it. That’s why there are many security specialists around the world who are among the smartest and more devious hackers out there. They know the ins and outs of digital security systems and they are probably some of the most dangerous people in the world when it comes to invasion of privacy.
Fortunately, there are contracts and countermeasures in place that will prevent these specialists from going rogue. However, they do have a message to give to us: digital security is more important than ever before.
Mobile users are being targeted as well
There’s a never-ending list of software that appears on app stores across both Apple and Android devices that specifically target user information. They try to mask themselves as legitimate applications that might even offer some kind of use such as being a video game or a simple app, but underneath the hood, they are secretly stealing your information and selling it or using it to further their goals. The biggest risk of this epidemic is when companies use a bring-your-own-device policy. Since mobile phones are usually connected to a workplace WiFi connection, the chance of this malware spreading or sinking its fangs into an office network are very real. To prevent this, make sure that you only download verified applications to minimise your risk, or install a virus and malware scanner to your phone.
Hackers are targeting more than just users
Hackers are cybercriminals, for the lack of a better word. They will target anything in order to gain money, notoriety or something more sinister such as information. In fact, hackers will go as far to even target hospitals. They are able to render certain machines such as MRI scanners and diagnostic equipment useless unless they are paid money to “unlock” the machines and removed the virtual padlocks they place on the equipment. They will target schools, hospitals, police stations, research centres, and other innocent places for the sake of gaining money. If you feel like your establishment could be a target, then it’s a good idea to invest in ransomware protection so that you don’t suffer the same fate.
We rely on mobile devices more than ever before
Since mobile devices are incredibly sophisticated tools that are almost always close to us, they make great additional security devices. You may have noticed that you can include mobile authentication to some of your favourite websites and services such as Twitter. Even if the hacker knows your password, they won’t be able to login with your mobile phone. If your phone is compromised by a hacker, they are able to use these additional security methods and either gain access to your account or completely remove the additional layer of security—it’s scary stuff.