New Technology: Know the Risks First

November 29, 2014  |  Guest Writers, Techie

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In this age of global economy, online marketplaces and all things virtual, securing your personal data is more important than ever. And while many new technologies seem fun, exciting and designed to make your life easier and quicker, they can also put you at serious risk of having your identity stolen.

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High-Risk Technology

As technology continues to advance and we get closer to a completely wireless and paperless age, new gadgets and gizmos are continuously developed to automate nearly everything. But the speed at which those technologies are implemented and distributed oftentimes doesn’t provide enough testing in the safety and security that needs to go along with it in order to keep you and your family safe.

  • Credit Cards – Keeping your credit cards secure used to be relatively simple. As long as you made sure no one unauthorized got your card, you were pretty safe. That is not necessarily true anymore. The adaptation of Radio Frequency (RF) transmission built right into your credit card can put you at risk. Intended to make purchases quicker and easier, your credit cards are continuously transmitting a RF signal that can be picked up and hacked by people with the right know-how and technology.
  • Cloud – The ability to access any of your data at any time and from anywhere is a huge advantage in this day of mobile businesses and wireless networking, but it can put you at huge risks if you aren’t careful. Many of the cloud data storage companies, over half according to a recent survey, don’t use adequate or proper data protection methods. This can put not only you, but all of your clients and customers at risk of identity theft.
  • Bluetooth – With wireless and hands-free options becoming all the rage in technology, the use of Bluetooth capable devices has skyrocketed. This is a great advantage when multi-tasking but can put you at risk depending on what level security you are using with your Bluetooth devices. If you aren’t careful, clever hackers can take control of your devices like your phone or tablet and use them to access your information or send messages to your contacts and network.

Protection

Obviously, the best form of protection is to not put yourself at risk at all. Unfortunately that is becoming less and less of a possibility in today’s technology-based economy and society. The next-best option is to be proactive. Make sure to take the time and energy to update your security information on a regular basis. Do a regular check of things like credit card statements and bank accounts to make sure there aren’t any unauthorized charges. Change your passwords at least every 90 days, preferably every 30, and make strong passwords to prevent someone guessing them.

You should also make sure to have someone else watching your back. You can’t be everywhere at once and sometimes weeks or months might go by before you notice something is wrong. A company like Lifelock can continuously monitor your identity and credit to ensure that no one is trying to use your information to get their own credit cards. Whatever you do, make sure you do your due diligence before implementing any new piece of technology or giving your personal information to anyone online. The best security is always going to be prevention and awareness.

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