What Security Challenges to Focus on in the New Year

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 we have see a huge rise in systems being hacked. Cyber-insurance is a very popular coverage many are looking into to protect their business assets and confidential information. I recently post a blog on storing data in the cloud and cyber insurance http://activerain.com/blogsview/3592855/storing-data-in-the-cloud- This is good information to read

Original content by Robert Siciliano

In 2012, security challenges we faced were often the ribbon cuttings and business plans that startup criminal organizations launched. In 2013, those criminal enterprise business plans will come together—and we need to be ready.

Social media is high on criminal hackers radar. Criminals scan social media looking for people who they can scam. One such scam seeks out entire families and usually targets a grandparent. Criminals will pose as the grandchild and call granny asking for money to be wired. They are also looking at your page to crack password resets. Only friend those you know like and trust and lock down your privacy settings.

With Windows 8 out, criminals have set their sights on this new operating system and are seeking out its vulnerabilities. Old Win XP machines will be as vulnerable as ever. Macs are higher on hackers’ radars, too. Protecting your devices with essential security such as antivirus protection and keeping the OS updated are critical.

Mobile also is high on the hackers’ radar. McAfee predicts that as mobile malware grows, we can expect to see malicious apps that can buy additional apps from an app store without your permission. Buying apps developed by malware authors puts money into their pockets. We also expect to see attacks that can happen without you having to install an app, so no interaction on your part is needed to spread the malicious app.

Mobile ransomware quickly is moving from the PC to mobile devices. Criminals hijack your ability to access data on your phone or even use your phone, so you are faced with losing your contacts, calls, photos, etc. or paying a ransom—and even when you pay the ransom, you don’t always get your data back.

Protect yourself by refraining from clicking links in text messages, emails or unfamiliar web pages displayed on your phone’s browser. Set your mobile phone to lock automatically, and unlock it only when you enter a PIN. Consider investing a service that locates a lost phone, locks it and wipes the data if necessary, as well as restoring that data on a new phone. Keep your phone’s operating system updated with the latest patches, and invest in antivirus protection for your phone.

Robert Siciliano, is a personal security expert contributor to Just Ask Gemalto and author of 99 Things You Wish You Knew Before Your Mobile was Hacked! . Disclosures

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Comments (13)

Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Frank,

Very informative post to re-blog! I'm going to hop over and check out your post on the subject. Thanks for sharing!

Feb 10, 2013 08:07 PM
Frank Laisch
Orlando, FL
"The Insurance Guy"

Thanks Dorie, Those that don't have security protection from hackers and store NPI(Non-Public Information)on their computer are vulnerable

Feb 10, 2013 08:16 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Great choice for a re-blog. I believe I have great protection and continue to stay on top of the last security advancements.

Make it a great week!

Feb 10, 2013 08:30 PM
Frank Laisch
Orlando, FL
"The Insurance Guy"
Thanks Joe, with the amount of spam & viruses running rampid. You can never be too careful
Feb 10, 2013 09:23 PM
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

This is a great choice for a reblog, Frank. Thanks for sharing this with us and have a great week in the sun.

Feb 11, 2013 04:35 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Frank every time I read one of your blogs or re-blob I learn about a new type of insurance.

Feb 11, 2013 05:26 AM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
Frank, I just had to call my cell phone provider again to get a data charge taken off a second line. Apparently, someone "subscribed" that line to some messaging or advertising "service" without our knowledge. Very annoying!
Feb 11, 2013 09:42 AM
Frank Laisch
Orlando, FL
"The Insurance Guy"

Barbara-Jo, Thanks. I am off to Sarasota to teach a class tomorrow  :-)

George, We try to educate & help professionals prevent some risk

Silvia, I am soo Sorry to hear that! I have heard that happens more often than you would think.. 

Feb 11, 2013 10:03 AM
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Hope you have a safe trip down to Sarasota! Perhaps you can have your lunch near the beach down there!

Feb 11, 2013 09:24 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Frank- well you've given me a lot to read.  I've been going through my passwords and trying to change them to not be the same and to try to come up with stronger ones.  Thanks for this!

Feb 13, 2013 09:53 AM
Frank Laisch
Orlando, FL
"The Insurance Guy"

Thanks Barbara-Jo, Taught a couple classes on coastal insurance for new Real Estate agents, Sarasota is so beautiful.

Kathy, I am glad you are looking into this. having strong passwords will help

Feb 13, 2013 08:32 PM
Amy Stockman
Lakeridge Land Suveying & Mapping, LLC - Winter Garden, FL
Lakeridge Surveying

Frank, I didn't really think about this much. It is worth looking into for some piece of mind  

Feb 16, 2013 10:25 PM
David Cole
David Cole CPA - Orlando, FL
David Cole CPA

Good advice on Security, I have a ton of anti virus software, my IT guy said it slow down my PC a bit. but its worth it

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