Cyber Security Tips Extend Beyond The Desktop
As consumers continue to expand their connections to the Internet through wireless devices and storage sites, so does their risk of being hacked. NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.
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The simple advice for avoiding becoming the victim of a cyber attack used to be: Update your antivirus software and don't open any emails from addresses you don't recognize. Today though, while that advice still stands, you can no longer just set it and forget it.
Cyber thieves are getting more clever with their attacks, which is why the New York Institute of Technology recently held a Cyber Hacker Security Conference bringing together law enforcement, educators, and tech companies to help identify where and how new threats are emerging.
"It's much, much more grave and risky these days because it's reaching our bank accounts, it's reaching our health records, it's no longer your email or mine it's our privacy," said Nada Anid of the New York Institute of Technology.
The focus of the conference included a few areas you probably don't think of when you think of security. First, mobile devices like your phone or tablet. Second, so-called "cloud computing" or storing your information online instead of on a hard drive.
The third area of concern is social networks, like Facebook, which can make you a victim not only through a hack but also through just bad judgement. For example, putting too much information on there.
"You should always assume that a system can be broken into and then therefore what would you do? So I think in general anything you put on a browser, anything you would store on a system other than your own if it's not something you're okay with the whole world seeing you probably shouldn't put it there," said Jeff Crume of IBM.
As for information online about you that you don't control, like that which governments have, that may just require some faith in those who do have control.
"Whether it's health information, law enforcement information, tax information. That information is valuable to others who would like to use it for criminal purposes so we're trying to protect that information as it's used to support state programs," said Thomas Smith of the New York State Office of Cyber Security.
In addition to the antivirus and email tips mentioned earlier, experts say you should be careful with what you store on mobile devices or online. If you do keep stuff in the cloud, research how the keepers of that cloud are keeping your data safe.