Practically any device today can connect to the Internet, be it a laptop, a smartphone, or even smart sensors that automatically turn on the lights or air-conditioning when you arrive home.
All connections are two-way streets – if your device can gain access to the Internet, someone out there can also potentially access your unsecured devices.
This can lead to real consequences, from the theft of personal information such as credit card data, to the risk of your device becoming a “zombie” machine, which can be controlled by hackers to launch cyberattacks on bigger targets such as governments or businesses.
The latter happened to telco StarHub last week, when the devices of some of its subscribers were used to overwhelm the telco’s networks, causing disruptions to thousands of other subscribers for hours on two occasions.
Here’s a guide on what Internet users can do to keep their devices safe from intrusion and malicious programs.
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