First we had information overload because of the internet. There is so much information coming from so many sources that we got covered over in the avalanche of information. Now, according to a new study by Symatec, it seems consumers are suffering from security overload. the study found that 79% of consumers that they needed to protect the computers and other devices like mobile phones and tablets, 44% of them felt overwhelmed by the amount of data that they actually need to protect.
For example, its not as simple as protecting just your phone or computer. Do you use social media sites like Twitter and Facebook? What about online picture hosting sites like Instagram and Pinterest? many people put very personal and private information on these types of sites and don’t give a lot of thought to how it is protected. That’s because the security our personal data is now far more than just protecting our computers and phones. Our data can reside on dozens of services in the cloud. This is what is causing the security information overload – the sheer number of places we need to watch to protect our own information.
The report indicates that consumers tend to be naïve about what their devices are doing and what services they are connected to. Most believe that the devices already contain with security that is good enough to protect them. However, most consumer level devices have very poor levels of security for the purpose of making it easy for the consumer to use.
We have put together a list of recommendations that will help simply some of this for you.
- Use an online password security service like Lastpass. This will help you create very secure passwords for all of your online accounts like Facebook, your bank, email etc. This will also help you not to use the same password for multiple sites. That is a huge security weakness that is easily corrected.
- Secure your router at home. Make sure you change the default password and you use a strong password for your wireless network. You should also check to see if there are any updates available for your router from the manufacturer’s website.
- Be on the lookout for phishing emails. This is the most common form of attack for hackers today. This is when you receive an email that looks very official or real in some way. Examples may be emails from your bank or credit cards. The idea is that the email wants you to click on a link it provides. When you do, you will likely be infected with some form of virus and could also be taken to a bogus site where you will be instructed to change your password etc. This is a trick and most people fall for it. Be on the look out. The study found that 84% of consumers have likely already faced this threat.
You can read the whole report at Symantec’s site here.
If you are feeling overwhelmed with securing your device, give us a call at 770-506-4383 and we would be happy to show you just how you can make all of this a much easier process.