Cybersecurity Awareness Month – Week 3

Cybersecurity Awareness Month – Week 3

Cybersecurity Awareness Month – Week 3

Date posted: October 17, 2017

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month and each week has a theme. This week’s theme is Privacy Protection and the Internet of Things.

The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the interconnected devices that share information online. Some of these are everyday items, including smart phones, fitness trackers, and smart cars. This week, Cybersecurity Awareness Month reminds us that data, including our personal data, is the fuel that makes interconnected devices work. The automatic flow of information between devices makes our information more vulnerable to cyberattacks.

IBM Security has produced a fact sheet on Five indisputable facts about IoT security. (Click the image to see the full infographic.)

Here are some practical tips from Public Safety Canada to help you protect your privacy and security:

  • Change the manufacturer’s default user names and use strong passwords for your Wi-Fi network and smart devices. Don’t use anything that could be associated with your name, address or phone number.
  • Enable a lock-screen password on devices.
  • Use up-to-date security software on your home computer and connected devices. Update operating systems of all your devices.
  • To limit the damage of a cyber-attack, separate your IoT devices from your main network. Ask your service provider for help to create a ‘guest’ network for your IoT devices.
  • Understand what personal information is being collected and why it’s needed before you buy IoT devices or download apps.
  • Turn off geolocation when it isn’t needed; if an application can see your location, a hacker could too.
  • Set the camera and microphone off when you are not using it.
  • Maintain good cyber security practices (e.g. don’t open attachments from people you don’t know, don’t use automatic login, etc.)

 

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