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Wi-Fi Security: What you don’t know can harm you.
Did you know that on this date in history, September 6th, several events happened that changed the course of history? For example, in 1901, President William McKinley is shot; in 1995 Cal Ripkin, Jr. breaks the record for consecutive baseball games played with 2,131 breaking Lou Gehrig’s record; in 1997 some 2.5 billion TV viewers watch Princess Diana’s funeral and Elton John performs a rewritten “Candle in the Wind” at the same funeral.
Did you also know that data theft by hackers continues to get worse every day and that your data and possibly your identity may be compromised?
Of the different ways hackers can gain access to your data, Ransomware may be the worst. Ransomware is where the virus attacks computers and demands that a ransom be paid else your data will be stolen and/or deleted.
The upsurge in malware infections from last year is continuing throughout 2018. SonicWall Capture Labs researchers recorded a total of 5.99 billion malware attacks in the first two quarters of 2018. In comparison, the number of attacks in 2017 for the same period was 2.97 billion. SonicWall researchers show that ransomware attacks were surging in the first six months of 2018, with 181.5 million ransomware attacks up to now. This marks a 229% increase for the same period in 2017.
Malspam is also increasing in 2018 to higher than normal levels. Malspam is unsolicited emails, which either direct users to download malware from malicious websites or trick the user into opening malware through an attachment.
So, what can you do to better protect yourself?
- Avoid public Wi-Fi, at places such as Starbucks, Target, and various restaurants. If you choose to use Public Wi-Fi, don’t send any secure information. Make sure applications like QuickBooks and bank websites are not used when you are using public Wi-Fi.
- If you are planning to use the wireless connection, use a password to connect to the secure network.
- Update your computer on a regular basis. Some of the wireless network devices will need upgrades. Best to check as often as possible.
- Be sure to have strong security software installed on all devices. Any device that can access the internet should have some type of security software.
- If you need to use a public Wi-Fi hotspot—even one that’s password protected—stick to websites that use HTTPS encryption. Secure websites are still secure even with Wi-Fi security broken. The URLs of encrypted websites will start with “HTTPS,” while unsecured websites are prefaced by “HTTP.”
- When opening emails that appear to come from someone that you know, check the actual URL of the email address (i.e. firstname.lastname@example.org). Does the name match the email address? If not, the best solution is to delete the message. Be careful of opening any attachments and don’t open any messages with an urgency in the subject line, such as “URGENT” or “IMPORTANT”.
Reach out to your trusted IT Professional for assistance with email support and management. Being proactive to protect you and your business against possible security breaches, cyber-attacks, and computer infections starts with having a good password management program. Your IT Professional can provide Security Software, physical firewalls, and Cyber Security Vulnerability Scans to provide the proper protection for your business. This is the benefit of working with an IT Professional.
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