The Winter Olympics in Sochi brought up an interesting topic of browser security while connected to open internet connections. In an NBC News report, Richard Engel showed how he was hacked in less than 24 hours in Sochi.
Engel’s report was somewhat misleading as it appears as if he installed software that was clearly malicious. Not all visitors to the Olympics will be hacked. However, if you have followed #SochiProblems, it would appear that they may not have heat, completed hotel rooms, and worst of all, they may be without WiFi. I cannot forget to mention the daring escape of U.S. Bobsledder, Johnny Quinn, from a bathroom with a jammed door. To quote his teammate, John Daly, “Seriously, who goes to the bathroom without a cell phone. It’s 2014, brother.”
The hacking story, and the truth that we go everywhere with our mobile devices, is an excellent reminder to all of us—let’s not to make the job of hackers any easier. Make sure you take steps to protect your information at home and the office. Here are some tips to help you keep your valuable information secure:
1. Use and update anti-virus software regularly.
2. Keep an eye out for suspicious activity on your computer such as programs, files or icons that you do not recognize.
3. Use unique passwords for different business, email and other online accounts.
4. Monitor your financial accounts for any suspicious charges, and follow-up with your financial institution.
5. Keep mobile devices password-protected, and require that your employees do also.
6. Use encryption software to keep your data safe especially on laptops.
7. Shred documents with personal information, and remove valuable data from computers and other devices before you recycle or resell them.