Happy New Year! Apologies for the gaps between articles. Reorganizing at work, and the holidays have really caused time to slip away. I just wanted to get a quick post out there (since it's been a while) to remind everyone to secure all those new gadgets that you got for Christmas. For all of you who got new Internet-connected devices for Christmas (smart TVs, thermostats, Ring doorbells, security cameras, etc), don't forget that they are just as vulnerable to attack as any computer and you need to secure them properly. Camera systems, especially, because an attacker can use them to spy on you and your loved ones in your own home. IoT connected Alarm systems are a target because an attacker can build a profile of when you are home and when you are away in order to plan break-ins. Garage door openers can even be connected nowadays, and an attacker can open your garage door if they can get into your system.
For all of you advanced network and security geeks who really want to lock down your IoT and home or small business WiFi networks, this video also has some great advice and gives excellent ideas and instructions for setting up your home network.
In Other News: Lots of things coming up in 2020 in the info security world. Especially with what is going on in the Middle East now - Iran threatening more cyberattacks. This is concerning because it's not just our government networks that are vulnerable, but our woefully unsecured power grid and medical systems as well. Time to make sure even your home networks and private accounts, such as banks, healthcare, and other sensitive online accounts are secured. Make sure you change your passwords often and enable two-factor authentication wherever possible. I'll try to keep you informed as developments occur.