Google Home and Amazon Echo have reached heights of technological inventions with their smart AI systems. Its literally like a robot controlling the house and making the humans go deeper into their comfort zones. Who doesn’t want to control every action just by sitting on the couch? But not to burst your happiness bubble, but there are some concerns shown by the cybersecurity cells for Google Home and Amazon Echo, and many more voice-controlled electronic devices. Okay, don’t panic right away. Calm down and read the article carefully.
The list starts with Google Home, Amazon Echo, smart TVs, smartwatches, home security devices, and many more. Even the voice-driven toys are on the list. And here is the reason why. The cyber cell of the FBI reported that “Hackers can use that innocent device to do a virtual drive-by of your digital life. Unsecured devices can allow hackers a path into your router, giving the bad guy access to everything else on your home network that you thought was secure.” You might be thinking that your pictures and personal details are safe on your mobile or computer, but knock knock, there is the worry. Even though virtual security is being strengthened day by day, but yet the hackers can invade our privacy. A few years back, even the CEOs of the social media platforms were asked several questions regarding the safety of personal data. And the answers were numb.
But as the meme goes, Modern problems require modern solutions, and yes, the FBI did provide us with some solutions (temporarily maybe).
- SETTINGS: Change the device’s factory settings from the default password. If you don’t know the procedure, search up on the internet for the bought device. But before buying, read the reviews uploaded by various tech experts and you will get a brief and will help you choose your products wisely.
- PERMISSIONS: Many connected devices are supported by mobile apps on your phone. These apps could be running in the background and using default permissions that you never realized you approved. Know what kind of personal information those apps are collecting and say “no” to privilege requests that don’t make sense.
- DOWNLOADS: Carelessly downloading e-mail attachments can fool even the most vigilant anti-virus software. Never open an e-mail attachment from someone you don’t know, and be wary of forwarded attachments from people you do know.
- IDENTITY: Identity theft occurs when someone uses your identity in a crime or fraudulent act. It can happen to anyone—but there are steps you can take to protect yourself and to recover if it happens to you. Never give your credit card number over the phone, unless you made the call and trust the business or person. Report suspicious transactions to your credit card company or bank.
- CYBERBULLYING AND PREDATORS: The internet, for all of its benefits, also gives criminals and predators an easy way to reach young people. The crime starts when an adult builds a relationship with a young victim online and then later arranges to meet and abuse the child or convinces a child into producing sexually explicit images or videos through manipulation, gifts, or threats. FBI shares some advice for the parents. First and foremost, know the details of the social media sites and keep a track of their activities online. Make sure your kids use privacy settings to restrict access to their online profiles. Tell them to be extremely wary when communicating with anyone online who they do not know in real life. Stress on the fact that making any kind of threat online—even if they think it’s a joke—is a crime. Report any inappropriate contact between an adult and your child to law enforcement immediately.
- CREDIT CARD FRAUD: Don’t give out your credit card number online unless the site is secure and reputable. Don’t trust a site just because it claims to be secure. Do your homework on the individual or company to ensure that they are legitimate. Send an e-mail to the seller to make sure the e-mail address is active.
- CHARITY FRAUD: Charity fraud schemes seek donations for organizations that do little or no work—instead, the money goes to the fake charity’s creator. While these scams can happen at any time, they are especially prevalent after high-profile disasters. Criminals often use tragedies to exploit you and others who want to help. Give to established charities or groups whose work you know and trust. Be aware of organizations with copycat names or names similar to reputable organizations.
- MALWARE: Keep operating systems, software, and applications current and up to date. Make sure anti-virus and anti-malware solutions are set to automatically update and run regular scans. Back up data regularly and double-check that those backups were completed.