Data privacy and online threats
Being secure online can be hard, especially if you’re using a multitude of devices and services. But today it is more important than ever to have your data secure since any individual can be targeted with malware, phishing scams, hacking attacks, and other forms of cyber-attacks. It’s better to walk the extra mile and secure your data than to get it stolen when you least expect it.
The situation with malicious apps on Android is so grime that Google had to ally with third-party security firms in order to provide increased security for users of the world's most popular mobile OS. On the other hand, the firm partnered with one of the largest health systems in the U.S and received access to medical records of tens of millions of U.S citizens, dire news for their online privacy. Finally, WhatsApp continues to be targeted by hacking attacks.
There are literally hundreds of various Instagram helper apps and tools, both for personal computers and smartphones claiming they can help you grow your Instagram following and becoming a successful influencer. But can you trust those apps and tools enough to give them your private data?
If the answer is ‘not at all’, you could be exposing your device to viruses, malware — or even surveillance software designed to track your activities against your will. While many tracking apps are legitimate and incredibly helpful, empowering parents and schools to monitor their children’s movements when out of sight, some aren’t. Google has actually removed multiple apps from the Play Store recently for violating its terms of service. Which apps were these and what dangers did they pose?
Apple and Microsoft are both clearly committed to helping their customers’ data stay safe in an age when hacks are so commonplace. It is hard to say if one is better than the other; just ensure to exercise extreme caution with data in the cloud. No matter how safe a cloud storage platform is, complacency and human error can still leave your data vulnerable.
Follow these tips to protect your business against cyber attack. Taking all of the recommended steps can be difficult if you’re on a tight budget or launching a small startup, but it’s vital to be as well-prepared as possible. As cyber-criminals employ increasingly-sophisticated tactics to disrupt companies of all sizes, a good defence has never been more important.
We all want to feel safe and secure online, whether we’re browsing a small e-commerce site or a global giant, and the increased attention paid to online data privacy, and security shows an ongoing demand for businesses to offer users the best protection available.