Security is vital for everyone: we all want our loved ones and the things we own to be protected. To that end we need to consider what kinds of protections will be most important, going into the new year – especially as the things we want protected are themselves operating differently than before, which means how they’ll be protected will change, too.
For example, an obvious focus is data and digital security. Here, we are no longer storing information and other valuable assets in raw form – but in our drives and computers, making them easily accessible no matter where we are in the world.
This means anti-spyware and virus barriers are not just recommended, but mandatory if you have a computer in the house. Hackers can do enormous harm to you and your family; data can be stolen and identities lifted.
Michael Kaiser, executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance told Yahoo!:
“Every family needs its own chief security officer, someone who spends time thinking about all the digital components in their lives and what they’re doing to secure them.”
This interconnectedness of all the things in your home however is not just an issue for your computer. This is known as The Internet of Things, where everything is connected to everything else – and not necessarily only computers.
As Wired points out, “Security researchers exposed holes in everything from Wi-Fi-enabled Barbie dolls to two-ton Jeep Cherokees.”
Indeed, cars can be hacked. As Fortune outlines, there are multiple ways hackers can get into your vehicle. Automakers are taking a more aggressive stance when it comes to preventing such interference, though they still have a long way to go before it can be accepted as actually safe. To protect your family and yourself, it is essential you have knowledge about the dangers you could be facing.
Of course, if you want to avoid this entirely, you could rather look at getting second hand cars: for example, used BMW cars for sale often are not hackable due to being of the time just before cars became so dependent on connectivity to function. Further, the BMW 3 series is universally regarded as one of the finest models to ever be made and can be found second-hand.
Phones are also at risk – similar to protecting your computer, what also matters if teaching your family about actions they can take or avoid to prevent security breaches.
2016 will be the year when so many aspects of life change, especially regarding the technology we use every day. It’s time we prepared.