Whoa, we know, super harsh title, right? But sometimes to get the point across you have to be quite blunt. Rest assured, we wouldn’t ride in on such a brazen horse without taking it somewhere pertinent. We do want to go over why you’re stupid for not having antivirus software and other internet security protection, but first let’s talk turkey. What do you really know about this nebulous web-o-sphere that is a part of our perfunctory routines? In the age of cyber-bullying, smart homes, and flying cars (nearly, C’mon Uber), things are moving faster than we think and more often than not you’re suggestible to cyber threats. Okay, maybe cyber bullying is purely psychological, but still, it’s important to stay protected and it’s not just your PC anymore.
Cookies, they’re not just carbs anymore
We’re sure you’re all well-acquainted with this term even if you don’t totally grasp the extent of its neo-internet meaning. Cookies: we here about them all the time, but what the hell are they? And why is ever site asking us to enable them as some sort of virtual girl-scouts? In laymen terms, cookies are data. They’re convenient ways of carrying information from one place to another.
These tiny files that are stored on your computer are meant to specify and hold your unique data. In a very reductive sense, this explains why you can see pages catered to your preferences. Cookies themselves are pretty harmless and not just because of their innocuous nomenclature. It’s when third party sites possibly get their hands, mouses, servers or what-have-you on cookies they aren’t supposed to have or you haven’t opted into can most certainly be a privacy issue.
It’s a hot-button issue in the world since cookies can help advertises relate better to their users; hitting your screen with items they think you would be interested in based on your data. Which can make the shopping experience a bit more idiosyncratic and refined, or just totally creepy.
Mi Casa Es Su Casa, robots
What better way to enter your home than to be greeted by your loving family? Maybe being greeted by your intelligent personal assistants? For the tech aficionados, gadget-obsessed, spinsters, savvy families, bachelors, spoiled college kids, and everyone else in between – these smart home devices have moved way beyond novelty and have become part of the family. Amazon and Google (ever heard of ’em?) are no strangers to paving the way in billion dollar markets. And they’re at it again with google home, echo, and alexa devices.
As fun as these electronic household members are, it’s not all no-strings attached. They’re uncharted territory which means, these blue-tooth connected power houses, may pose new security and privacy threats. Plus they’re connected to your ENTIRE house – or at least parts of your house. Yes, your computer holds a whole plethora of who knows what you don’t want your grandma to see, but still, privacy and security threats to these newly connected homes, feels somehow more invasive.
Essentially, the more we welcome these new types of devices, IoT, and cloud-based platforms into our lives, the more we welcome new kinds of attacks. It makes sense. Individuals and businesses alike need to to ramp up their defense when it comes to cyber security threats. PCs + Laptops are veterans in the game when it comes to being protected. These new kids on the block, they don’t know what they’re up against. Truthfully, neither do we. But we do know these new devices rarely come with built in security software making our lovely IoT devices vulnerable.
And what about your smart phone? Whatever side you fall on when it comes to the Android vs. Apple debate, your chargeable sidekick is also seriously susceptible.
Solution? Get Yourself A Technology Therapist
We’re not knocking vulnerability in general. In fact, to us, it’s ostensibly one of the greatest strengths there are. But vulnerability to hackers is not held in the same esteem. Funnily coined (by us, just now) as technology therapists, you can get the help you need with some anti-security, anti-malware, cyber security protection. You might be familiar with a myriad of companies, thanks to the days of Napster and the time you spent trying to save your parent’s now ruined computer.
There’s a ton of great cyber-security and privacy companies on the market and most are still working on the future of protection, to keep your IoT as safe as your PCs. AVG is kind of the whole package.
For both personal and business protection, AVG’s cyber + internet security is built to protect your phones, laptops, PCs and even go as far as protecting your webcams (remember Snowden?). Like other great cyber security-focused companies, they’re still working on scaling their protective services to match the needs of this prolifically evolving society. But their motto is one we can really relate to. You can really protect what’s your with AVG. Check them out for yourselves.
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