Last week Donald “The Brain” attended a half day update on the latest Cyber Security breach tactics.
Latest Tactics and Safety Recommendations
- Wifi Virus- Do not use ANY free Wifi if possible – We know it is not always possible to avoid, but tether your phone if that option is available
- Free Apps- These are becoming more plagued with virus’ – You get what you pay for- be careful
- Smart Appliances- Virus carrying that can affect your home network
An ahaa moment occurred when Donald explained how the first item above works. People are sitting at airports and naming their personal network “ABC Free Wifi” and after an unsuspected connection occurs, all data is open along with your password and log ins.
A family meeting occurred on the second point and all unused apps were destroyed along with an agreement for a review before any new apps are downloaded. Be fearful of small, unknown apps the most.
During the seminar an example was also given of a refrigerator somehow contracting a virus and spreading it to the families home network.
The best way to attempt to avoid many of these items are to just keep it front of mind. We are not asking you to be paranoid… technology is fun and SUPER helpful with our daily lives. With all the neat connectivity, flexibility and control, abuse is certain to occur.
With a little forward thinking and caution, we can all navigate our way through these waters safely.
Have a Great “Cyber Safe” Day!
John A. Kvale CFA, CFP