When most of us hear the word ‘cybersecurity’ it conjures up images of big corporations getting hacked and having thousands of documents stolen, or perhaps even the Russia allegation of tampering in the elections, but few of think of our homes. The reality is however that you are more at risk of being hacked than these businesses and these governmental agencies, and that is something which many in the industry are trying to share.
Experts like Michael Coppola is warning people of the importance to ramp up their cybersecurity at home, in the wake of an increased risk of hacks happening in residential buildings. If you don’t realize how big this risk is, here are some reasons why the house is the place where you need to have cybersecurity.
Low Hanging Fruit
What many fail to realize about the home environment is that for hackers, they know that there is little security in place in most cases. In some cases even if there is security in place, it is outdated or not fit for purpose, and therefore easy to get round. The risk versus reward system means that a home is very easy to hack, they can get some important and sensitive information and then move on, likely without anyone realizing that it even happened.
At Home More Often
If someone wants to break into your home then they will wait until you are not there before doing so. When it comes to breaking into your network however, this works best when you are active online, because it means that you can open all of the virtual doors for them. Given that over the last year we have all been spending far more time in our homes than ever before, this makes for the perfect time for someone to look to try and hack into your network.
Multiple Ways In
Whilst the Smart technological revolution has certainly ensured that many of us have maximum connectivity in the home, this also presents great dangers. Believe it or not we now live in a world where someone could quite easily hack into your home network via your fridge. This is a scary prospect but it is one which could easily happen and it is yet another reason why home cybersecurity is so important.
Uses of The Network
Just think about what could happen if you did get hacked, consider what you use the internet for and what kind of activities you carry out on your home computers and on your phone. To give you an idea of why people hack these systems, it is to style personal and private information which they can then sell on, those who buy such information will usually use it for identity fraud. Now consider just how little you would want the information on your computer and on your network to fall into the wrong hands, this is why cybersecurity is essential at home, in order to protect you and all who use the network.