Friday, March 3, 2017

The day by day in Cybersecurity

The best of the week about Cybersecurity

When we hear about cybersecurity we tend to think of big companies or public institutions, foreign to street people. Nothing could be further from the truth, nowadays these "dangers" are in daily objects that they use in our day to day: from our phone to the household appliances that we have at home. 

During the MWC 2017 have been exposed the latest developments in the sector and consequently, there has been a talk of possible security breaches that exist or may in the upcoming years. The company Avast took advantage of the congress to announce the results of a study in which they have discovered that 5.3 million smart devices are hackable in Spain. Within this list are everyday device such as webcam for monitoring systems for babies. Cyber Criminals can create a botnet to attack and remove servers and websites. Also,  when a device is infected, it can produce the  "domino effect"  and infect other devices with even bigger risks.

Another of the objects that we use in the day a day and that could turn against us are the small kitchen robots. Researchers of security consultancy IOActive said on Wednesday that they found 50 huge vulnerabilities among the components of domestic robots. These weaknesses could give access to the remote control of the machines or reprogramming their functions to the point of causing a fire or being dangerous by the sharp objects and blades that have most of them.

Lay aside the main theme of mobile technology, and now that spring begins to bloom, there is nothing more common than going to our doctor looking for some quick remedy to avoid the effects of allergy. When we make this innocent visit to the doctor the last thing we can expect is to be victims of a massive data attackSuch as the one that has occurred in an Atlanta hospital, where 80,000 patient data have been stolen. To avoid this, the attendees at HIMSS17 (the most important US healthcare IT conference) collected 23 ideas for improving cybersecurity in hospitals.

Among them, it is advised, once again, the use of complex passwords and make sure that workers use them. Some doctors simply dont want to make a difficult password and that could be a perfect gateway for a cybercrime. It is clear that many hospital systems are managed with low budgets and they give priority to other needs, but a small increase in the budget for cybersecurity would save  future problems (like the one that the Yahoo CEO had by Its poor management against the attacks of the last years).

Taking a final look at the current situation of the week, we find a news that stand out and could save us from the attacks that our computers suffer daily: Stop being the "administrator" of your computer could save you from 94% of possible attacks. Many of the vulnerabilities in Windows can not be exploited without full access to the system. That is why it is a good idea to have an account to browse, chat and work and an independent account with administrator rights. If you mistakenly access an infected web or you are attacked by a phishing, there is a high probability that your computer is not affected (also so that the same happens to the vice president of the USA, who came to transmit the arrest of terrorists From your private account).

Now you know what to do as soon as you finish reading our report of the week ... Small details that make day a day can become easier and, above all, safe.



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