Protect Your Data by Being Aware of Security Challenges

Data SecurityTechnology is always changing and adapting. So, unfortunately, are cyber-criminals. MIT’s Technology Review website not long ago presented its list of the biggest technology security hazards of 2012. If you spend much of your life surfing the web or communicating with your friends through social media sites, you ought to be curious about this list. Learning what’s on it can protect you and your computer in 2012.

Stolen, Spoofed Certificates

One difficulty that the article pointed out is stolen or faked certificates. When you log into a website, your bank for example, the traffic is encrypted with a “certificate”. This proves that the site can be trusted. The faking and stealing of these certificates was a prevalent strategy utilized by cyber-criminals in 2011. This can let them have access to confidential information.

A Common Security Mechanism in Trouble?

Sites use certificates as a security measure more than any other means. If these are no longer perceived as trustworthy it may affect everyone, from the consumer, to the large company that is responsible for protecting your data.

Technology Review also pointed to online attacks known as “hacktivism” as a key security challenge for this year. Organizations such as Anonymous and LulzSec crack passwords and break into company sites. Frequently, these groups do so to demonstrate that companies are woefully unprepared to manage hackers. Sometimes, they target companies or organizations that they believe are responsible for wrongdoing. Regardless of the motivation, anticipate these groups to continue their so-called hacktivism in 2012 and beyond.

Home Automation

In 2012 another security risk is the rising popularity of home automation. People connect alarm systems, lights, even locks, to the web to automate their homes. If reliable companies are not used or if hackers get into these systems think of the damage that can be done.

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