Android, Windows, Mac, and iOS operating systems have security protection. According to the number of people who get hacked on these systems, it is evident that this security is not enough protection. The Trojans and viruses today are far more evolved than ten years ago.
In today’s world, we are connected by the internet, and where one computer back in the day was the only internet connection, we now have smartphones. This connectivity increases our chances of being hacked, and while antiviruses are still useful, they cannot withstand the current threat levels on the internet.
Some of the cyber risks facing devices include:
Artificial Intelligence (AI) enhanced attacks
AI and machine learning have made significant changes across various industries. AI is being used in security, marketing, manufacturing, and many other fields. There was a time AI was only found in dystopian and sci-fi fiction, but today is in use everywhere. Think of the Alexa in your home. Alexa is an example of an AI-enabled device. AI is giving cybercriminals a hand in their malicious acts as hackers attack you using the same features used to prevent cybercrimes.
Fuzzing, done by professional cybersecurity experts, explores a system to expose vulnerabilities and threats. AI fuzzing is a similar process but is energized by AI smart tools. Hackers are now using AIF to commit cybercrimes. According to cybersecurity research, hackers have formed chat rooms and forums where they share their fuzzing reports with other like-minded criminals.
How to secure your devices
While you can use the excellent antivirus for protection, it is not enough. Some of the additional tools you can use include:
Installing a VPN
Buying a VPN subscription is one of the ways you can assure your privacy and security. A VPN offers advanced encryption that keeps your data transmission secure. It provides you with a virtual location, preventing anyone from knowing your real location, and ensures you can browse safely.
A vulnerability scanner is a fully automated tool that trawls the networks looking for vulnerabilities or areas with potential threats.
Antimalware software installation
Anti-malware software is essentially a lot similar to an antivirus program. The software detects primary threats but also finds and segregates more complex threats that are delivered via social engineering tricks.
2FA or two-factor authentication is a technique that needs one or more pieces of authentication for you to gain access. You can either use a password and a passcode sent to a secure device, or a password with a biometric feature such as a retina, facial, or fingerprint scan.
If your device is lost or stolen, you can remotely wipe out all data. Most vendors, including Microsoft and Apple, offer remote wipe. When the device is activated, the device will wipe all data when the incorrect logins are entered for a specific number of times. You can also connect to the internet and wipe off all the data.
Save yourself massive data and financial losses by taking your security seriously. Use the tools at your disposal to ensure hackers stay clear of your devices.