You might think that you’ve done well by installing anti-virus software on your computer network and securing your smartphone you’re safe. You may think that telling your employees not to open unsolicited emails and hiring a strong IT Support team is enough to keep you safe from hackers and ransomware, but it isn’t. You see, although all of the measures above are right and sensible, they don’t take into account the myriad of things that can be hacked, many of which you wouldn’t expect.
Just look at these things you probably didn’t know could be hacked and you’ll see how much more you need to do to stay safe when you’re connected:
Low Orbiting Satellites
Most of us rely on satellites to run our lives for us. Whether they’re allowing us to communicate across the globe, beaming entertainment into our homes or giving us accurate weather reports to plan our business with or aiding in national security, satellites are important, so it’s scary to think that Low Orbit Earth Satellites can actually be hacked by wrongdoers! Sadly, unless you’re a satellite owner, there probably isn’t much you can do about it, but being aware of the problem might make it easier for your and your team to beef up security back here on Earth.
If you run a printer network as part of your business, you might want to have your IT team take a look at your network security because although a printer isn’t something we think of as having the potential for harm, it is actually very easy to hack into printers and cause all kinds of mischief.
Air Traffic Control
Flight safety is never too far from the minds of those of us who fly or have family who fly regularly, so it’s rather a scary thought that the number of air traffic control system hackers is growing significantly. After all, it only takes one fake instruction or missed command for disaster to strike!
More parents are using Child Tracking Devices to help them keep track of their children and ensure that they’re safe. Sadly, these trackers are very easy to hack into and in the wrong hands could allow the wrong people to find and follow our kids!
Power. We all need it, whether to run our businesses successfully; cook and keep ourselves warm; keep ourselves entertained or charge our smartphones, so we’re never out of the loop. So, it’s pretty important. It’s also pretty easy for skilled hackers to infiltrate the planet’s power grids and cause chaos. In fact, they did just that in the Ukraine in 2015 causing the kind of scenes you’d expect to see in a Hollywood disaster movie.
As you can see, there is much more to hacking than mischievous people trying to steal your bank details or infect your network with ransomware. There are many more nefarious things going on out there, many of which you would never expect, and it’s important that we don’t forget this and remain vigilant, without getting too worried, if we’re to help in the fight against cybersecurity crimes.