Some simple steps to stop you getting hacked in 2017

4 Jan 2017

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It is a new year, and with that, one possible resolution could be to ensure that you bolster your cybersecurity, with help from a handy infographic.

Unfortunately, in a world where an increasing number of devices are connected online, the chances of one of them suffering a potentially harmful hack is not outside the realms of possibility.

In September, the world witnessed the largest single distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack ever recorded following the Mirai botnet attack that used poor security settings to turn devices into cyber weapons.

Even when it comes to simpler attempts at gaining access to data for a malicious purpose, all it takes is a bit of cunning and an out-of-date security system, such as those used in luggage tracking systems.

While antivirus programs are now frequently installed on a number of devices used by the general public, there still needs to be an element of understanding when it comes to some potential hazards.

This means that learning what might be trying to harm your privacy – such as a phishing scam or a potentially harmful file – is just as important as having the software to act as your firewall.

So with that in mind, the organisation has laid out some of the warning signs, so you can ensure your privacy remains secure in 2017.

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Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic