Monday, October 8, 2018

Santa Claus, beware of hackable gifts

Santa Claus, beware of hackable gifts



Two out of ten users are not worried about the security of their devices

     Most users agree that security is a necessary element for computers, tablets or smartphones. However, 20% of consumers say they would buy a connected device even knowing that it is vulnerable to being attacked. Although, only 22% consider that connected toys should include security.

"We see how connected devices are still the most desired on holiday gift lists, but it's clear that users do not always understand the importance of protecting their devices," said Gary Davis, chief security officer at McAfee. "In most cases, users do not know that their devices need protection or they do not know how to protect them, and that lack of awareness can be exploited by cybercriminals to violate these devices and steal personal information."

     Most users claim to be aware of the importance of maintaining their online identity and secure devices. Despite this, only 53% adopt the necessary measures to implement the protection. On the other hand, 16% believe that the manufacturer has incorporated security in the product, while 22% know that it is necessary to implement security measures but do not know how to do it.

This highlights the importance of users inquiring about security settings built into a device, rather than relying solely on manufacturers to adequately protect their devices and data.

A time when technological gifts soar, McAfee has written his letter to Santa Claus but pointing out the most dangerous ones. The category of the most susceptible gifts to be hacked includes computers and laptops, tablets, smartphones, followed by drones, digital assistants, connected toys and smart devices.

In addition, McAfee has conducted a global survey to identify the most dangerous behaviors and habits during this holiday shopping season.

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