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How to Protect Yourself From the Top 6 Cybersecurity Threats of 2018

As parents, the safety of our family is always at the forefront of our minds. We do a lot to protect our children out in public and around the house but have you put a lot of thought lately into how safe your family is online? Cybersecurity attacks are beoming more prominent now than ever before and if you don’t stay on top of it, your family may be at risk. Burton, our resident Tech expert here at iFamilyKC, is here to help educate you on some of the big cyber-security threats this year. Take a look…

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How To Protect Yourself From The Top 6 Cybersecurity Threats of 2018

2017 was a horrible year for cyber-security crimes. There was the Equifax breach, the Wannacry Virus, and don’t forget the endless stream of phishing scams that populate our Inboxs. Cyber-criminals make millions from their victims so unfortunately, internet crime isn’t going away.  Cybersecurity threats will be bigger and smarter this year.  Education is one of the best ways to keep you safe from these threats. Here are six cyber crimes that I think you’ll hear a lot about in 2018.

#1 More Data Breaches

Think the Equifax breach was bad?  Criminals will continue to set their sights on other companies that hold sensitive data. You could see i.t. security hacks occurring with other companies that hold data such as birth dates and Social Security Numbers. This is the information hackers want in order to steal your identity.

#2 Health Care Attacks

The health care industry has become an attractive target to hackers. Most health care companies have personal information that could be use for traditional financial fraud, but they also your have health insurance information, which is sold on the dark internet to criminals wanting to commit medical fraud. Crimes like obtaining free medical care or purchasing expensive medical equipment under your name isn’t caught as quickly as credit card or bank account fraud.

#3 Crytopjacking

CyberCurrency, especially BitCoin has soared in popularity in 2017.  Many companies and people are starting to invest millions in this online currency which makes it an attractive target to criminals.  The other thing that makes cybercurrency attractive to hackers is the fact it doesn’t take much work for them to steal it. Using your computer and smartphone, hackers can install viruses and malware to exploit websites that generate revenue using cryptocurrency. .

#4 Ransomeware

Ransomeware is one of the most deadly threats on the Internet.  Usually showing up as a phishing email, a single Ransomware attack can quickly bring down entire networks, leaving homes and businesses with lost data. Hackers will continue to target computers, smartphones and tablets, but look for a shift to cloud based storage systems because more of you are using the cloud to house critical documents believing that your cloud security is working for you.

#5 Anti-Virus Vulnerabilities

People and IT Security professionals are becoming more savvy with spotting hacks and scams which means hackers will switch back to device hacking attacking your device operating systems and anti-virus software.

#6 Home Grown Cybercriminals

The availability of technology makes it easier for people to become cybercriminals. There are web sites that are designed to instruct people how to commit cyber-crime. People are beginning to form online gangs and are using technology to do what real life gangs do, which is to use violence and intimidation to get money.

To keep yourself safe, makes sure you keep up with updates to the operating system of your devices.  Also, verify your security software is update to date.  Most importantly, reach out for help if you are unsure on how you can keep safe from these treats.

What cyber-security threats have you most worried in 2018? Drop me a line and let me know. Thank you for reading. Please share this information with everyone. Check in with Integral on social media at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin , YouTube and Google+ for more tips on helping you get the most out of the technology you use in your home or office.

From iFamily to Yours,

Burton

I’m Burton Kelso and I’m a Kansas City based Tech Expert and the Chief Technology Expert at Integral, providing on-site and remote support for computers, tablets, smartphones, routers, printers, and any device that connects to the internet. I regularly appear as a guest tech correspondent on ABC, NBC, FOX, and CBS on shows such as Kansas City Live, Better Kansas City, FOX 4 Morning Show, offering viewers easy tips on technology, Internet lifestyle, Internet security and gadgets. You can find me on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn , and Twitter and watch great tech tip videos on my YouTube channel. I can be reached at 888-256-0829 or email at burton@integralcomputerconsultants.com


4 Devices That Will Keep Your Kids Safe Online

Considering buying new technology for your kids this holiday season?  You’ll want to check out these 4 devices that will help keep your kids safe online!

Getting Your Kids New Technology for The Holidays?

4 Devices That Will Keep Your Kids Safe Online

 

Hey Everyone!

It’s hard to believe we’re at the start of another Holiday Season.  If you’re a parent who is thinking of purchasing a new Apple or Android smartphone or tablet, then you probably want to set up parental controls and content filtering on the device to prevent your child from being exposed to undesirable content on the Internet. Smart devices make great gifts, but there are things on the Internet that I’m sure you don’t want your kids to see.

There are many web sites promoting violence, hate, and pornography. There is also the threat of online predators and cyber bullies. You can’t supervise every moment that they’re surfing the Web.  With the help of parental control devices, you can filter out unwanted content, limit screen time, and in some cases, monitor social media accounts. Before you get your kid a smart device for the holidays, consider these devices:

Kurio Brand of Products 

From tablets to smartphones to smartwatches, Kurio has you covered.  With devices that offer your kids the flexibility to play games, watch video, make their own movies and create documents with Microsoft Office. Parents get the peace of mind with Kurio products because these devices have built in parental controls that allow you to control what apps your kids use and what places they visit on the Internet. Our boys have Kurio tablets and they enjoy them.

Kindle Fire Kids Addition 

 Everyone loves Kindle Fire and now Amazon has their Kid’s addition Fire.  The latest version of the Fire promises robust parental controls while still offering your kids the flexibility to download the hottest apps. The tablet comes with a protective case that keeps it safe if your child drops it.  Amazon also offers 2 worry free guarantees.  Your kid damages the tablet, they will replace it for free.

Circle with Disney 

Circle easily connects to your home wi-fi and allows you to control all of your kid’s connected devices. Once it’s installed, you can limit screen time, filter content, and set a bedtime for every device in the home.  The accompanying app, allows you to create unique profiles for each of your children.

TeenSafe 

 The app made by parents for parents.  TeenSafe offers comprehensive coverage for your kid’s devices.  It allows you to monitor such things such as social media interactions, phone messages, text messages and even their location. If your teen gets out of line and isn’t using their phone or tablet appropriately, you can block everything except basic features.

Check Your Devices Settings

If you don’t want to shell out extra money for child safe devices or for parental control apps, you can manually modify your smart devices to keep your kids safe.

Android Parental Controls 

Android devices allow you to set up restricted profiles to limit what content your kids can access.  To set up one, do the following:  First, open the Settings menu of your device, then Scroll down and tap “Users”, then tap ‘Add a restricted user profile’, next name the profile., finally select apps to enable for the profile, finally,

iOS Parental Controls 

You can use restrictions as parental control on iOS devices. To set up Restrictions on your iPhone, touch “Settings,” choose “General,” and then select “Restrictions.” You’ll be prompted for a PIN that gives you access to enable or disable “Restrictions.” There you can turn off any features you want — for example, Siri. Then scroll down to the section “Allowed Content.” This is the place to choose individual limits on what types of content can be downloaded

Parents, apps and technology can protect your kids from a lot of the harmful stuff out there, but parental control can’t catch everything. You ultimately have to be the one who makes sure they are staying safe on the Internet. The biggest threat on the Internet today is parents that do not get involved in their children’s use of technology. Put your hands on your kid’s devices to verify they are being responsible with them.  Never allow devices to stay in kid’s rooms overnight and put limits on daily technology use.  30 mins a day is the recommended use.

How else can you keep up with the latest tech tips and cyber security alerts?

Subscribe to my YouTube channel ‘Burton Kelso’. There are hundreds of videos designed to help you get the most out of the technology you use in your home or business.

From iFamily to Yours,

Burton

Burton Kelso is the Chief Tech Expert at Integral. They offer tech support to homes and businesses all over the Kansas City Metro. He regularly appears as a guest tech correspondent on ABC, NBC, FOX, and CBS on shows such as Kansas City Live, Better Kansas City, FOX 4 Morning Show, offering viewers easy tips on technology, Internet lifestyle, Internet security and gadgets. You can find Burton on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter and watch great tech tip videos on his YouTube channel. He can be reached at 888-256-0829 or email at burton@integralcomputerconsultants.com