The pandemic has forced people to shift their livelihood online. From school to offices to bank transactions, we now do even the smallest and most routine activities online. Whether it is the residential sector, offices, or schools, new technologies are greatly improving security. Moreover, offices are working at half capacity, which can also lead to more security breaches.
Read on to learn the top 7 security risks in 2021 and, more importantly, what to do about them!
Now that most people are working from home, we are spending more time online than ever. Whether it is for work purposes, school, or leisure, each family member uses the internet round the clock.
In fact, the first quarter of 2021 saw about 91% of people having internet access at home. Hackers can easily get into your home internet system and steal important data. To avoid any such mishaps, it is critically important to have a strong antivirus system.
Strong antivirus will ensure that hackers cannot get into your system easily. Moreover, the antivirus will notify you if anyone tries to breach the system forcefully, and you can take the desired action.
2. Document Theft
With offices being almost empty or running with half capacity, document theft is a common risk in 2021, with it being easier for malicious individuals to enter and steal sensitive data or documents. That normally occurs if you have documents lying around on your desk unattended. The same thing can happen if you keep any sensitive information open on your computer screen.
The best way to tackle this challenge is to keep sensitive data away from prying eyes. Keep your desk clean at all times and sensitive documents locked away, especially if you are not present. You should also keep your PC locked when you are not using it.
Online Payment Scam
People are becoming accustomed to cashless life and prefer paying online to cash. There are numerous mobile payment applications that have made cashless payments very convenient.
With this increase in cashless payments, the risk of bank identity theft is also on the rise. A recent study found around 83% of mobile payment applications were storing data insecurely. Moreover, 80% of these applications had weak levels of encryption.
You need to be vigilant so you do not mistakenly give your bank information to scammers. Avoid any emails or messages that ask for your bank details. If this happens contact your bank immediately.
Whether you are working from your home or office, unauthorized visitors can pose a huge threat. In offices that are not fully functional, this is a common problem. Physical security is weaker and unauthorized people will find it easy to enter the premises. The same goes for residential properties without physical security.
Installing visitor access control can help in these situations, only granting staff or authorized visitors access to the building. That is achieved using a contactless RFID card or key fob.
Stolen Identification or Access Cards
Visitor access control will only work if people can keep their access cards, key fobs, or identity cards safe. Unauthorized individuals will be able to enter and exit the premises freely if they get their hands on someone else’s access card.
Employees and residents need to keep the card with them at all times. It is always a bad idea to lend your card to anyone else. Even if it is a close friend or family member, swipe them in yourself rather than giving them your card.
Even with access control doors, tailgating is a huge issue. This is when someone follows an authorized person to enter a secure area. Their identity isn’t checked as it seems like they are accompanying the other person.
Tailgating could also physically put you at risk if the other person has the intent to do bodily harm. To avoid any such scenario, you should always be cautious of your surroundings. When you enter your residential building or office, make sure that no one is close by and could follow you in.
Social engineering is not a new security threat – this phenomenon has been around for a long time. This is when you get phishing emails, ransomware, or other threats used to manipulate your psychology. You should never share your personal data with anyone, no matter what the reason.
In case you receive any threatening emails or messages, you should immediately report them to the authorities. Moreover, keep your account or bank credentials in a safe place, preferably offline.
To Sum Up
Technology can be both an advantage and a risk. It all depends on how cautious you are and how dependent you are on technology. Along with being aware of your online presence, you should also be aware of your physical presence. Be aware of the risks and take the necessary precautions to protect yourself.