Increased vulnerability has been one of the major challenges facing businesses today, especially as they gradually transition into cloud computing and big data management. Such vulnerability comes as a result of many factors once devices are connected together. Almost all electronic devices that are connected to a network are hackable.
Some vulnerabilities, however, are due to factors such as shabby coding from the factory, and lack of firmware updates. While most manufacturers do their best to protect every system, a lot is left to be desired from some end user business owners.
For a smart device to be hackable, the attacker must be able to have administrator access to the device, and be able to modify and control the smart device remotely. Below are 3 common smart devices that can easily get hacked.
Network storage devices
Network storage devices allow users to remotely store, access and modify files via cloud. Since these devices are designed to connect over the Internet, the flaws in the hardcoded backdoor only make users more vulnerable to hacking.
This is why it is advised to use a hybrid secured server hosted by a cloud hosting service provider that gives you complete control through its secure control panel. With this, you will focus more on business while leaving the security of your files in the hands of experts who constantly block vulnerability backdoors.
Your Smart TVs at your business place and home are vulnerable to hacking. While it may not have a camera to monitor your activities, hackers can damage important files in your network. This could happen if they gain administrative access to your smart TV.
Smart TVs are equipped with the ability to record and share file in a network. This makes it an easy target for hackers to modify files which could lead to severe damage, data loss, and exposure of confidential files to the public.
To avoid this, always look out for the latest firmware update and avoid downloading and streaming videos from unknown and un-trusted sources.
Point of sale
Points of sale are one of the most tempting targets for hackers. This smart device has been reported to attract more hackers than any other smart device – regardless of the provider and the security protocols coded in it.
Recently in December 2017, it was reported that Russian hackers circulated malware that can infiltrate POS and steal credit card details. Termed Pro POS, the malware which is as tiny as 76kb, is capable of implementing rootkit functionalities, and also has algorithms that allows it avoid anti virus detection.
Apart from the above mentioned, other devices you need to watch out for are your router, mobile phones, tablets and, most importantly, your computer. Hackers think smarter everyday as they target new devices with the malicious purpose of bringing down businesses.
Don’t be a victim, entrust the security of your crucial business files into the hands of capable and equipped firm to avoid exposing your business and your customers to serious risks of fraud and theft.