Just yesterday it was reported that there is concern at the NATO summit that hackers will be very active. The main targets are big companies; however, tablet users ad smartphones are also warned that these devices are susceptible to being hacked by vigilantes who are determined to get their message out into cyberspace.
As we enter the summer tourist season, Myrtle Beach residents need to remember that where there are crowds there is always an increased potential for crime. This includes crimes from pickpockets to identity theft to cyber crimes. Many security experts, including PcRx Computers, are warning people to be conscious of how they are accessing the internet from personal devices such as cell phones. This weekend in particular there is a heightened alert for cyber hacks looking for your personal information due to the Summit and increase news attention.
Jason Shah works for Mediafly, a Chicago company that assists business with moving their documents to iPhones, iPads and other personal devices has demonstrated how easy it can be to monitor what people around you are doing in their surfing of the internet.
Shah says there are easy to install software programs that will allow for “internet sniffing” on public networks. This allows anonymous surfers the ability to track what other users are seeing on their personal devices and computers.
“Be careful of the kind of sites you access,” said Shah. “Keep the personal and private sites for when you are at home… There is less of a chance of getting hacked in that scenario than when you are sitting in a public area on the Wi-Fi connection.”
As the NATO Summit unfolds this weekend, protesters will utilize social media sites to galvanize and organize crowds into action. Through social media people in the crowds are encouraged to access the internet via a secure channel such as password-protected sites or encrypted subscriptions.
Although Myrtle Beach is a long way from the NATO Summit, there are lessons that can be learned from these events. Businesses near high traffic areas on holiday weekends such as the upcoming Memorial Day weekend may want to consider shutting down their Wi-Fi devices.
“People are looking to get at them, and the publicity, so denial of service attacks are probably their biggest concern,” said Prescient Solutions’ Jerry Irvine. “Hackers like Anonymous and Stuxnet (a computer worm) are going to come in and try to make a name for themselves.”
The FBI recently told ABC that it has seen malware installed on a traveler’s laptop via the software update on local hotel internet connections.
Unfortunately, there is no way to keep yourself completely protected during the summer vacation season but having good Virus Protection installed on your laptop or notebook computer will go a long way to keeping your safe. As we have pointed out on our Facebook page, there are numerous threats that usually come through email. By being aware of what you are opening you can prevent a lot of problems.
If you suspect that your system has been compromised, bring it into PcRx for a free virus scan.
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A portion of this article was taken from a story on ABC Channel 7.