Many Canadians Don’t Know How To Check If Their Connected Devices Have Been Compromised: Intel Security

A recent Intel Security shows that although protecting personal information is top of mind for Canadian consumers, they often fall short in taking the proper precautions to do so.

Some of the key findings include:

  • Canadians are worried about the security of their financial information. In fact, 44% of survey respondents are most concerned about a hacker stealing personal financial information.
  • The fear of losing personal information has many Canadian consumers motivated to keep a close eye on their devices. 83% of consumers check to ensure their connected devices have not been compromised.
  • Unfortunately, 51% of Canadians don’t know how to check to make sure their devices or applications have not been compromised.
  • Top Canadian consumer cybersecurity concerns include:
    • Theft of their personal financial information (44%)
    • Identity theft (38%)
    • Being watched or listened to if their device has been compromised (23%)

Below are some tips from Gary Davis, Chief Consumer Security Evangelist with Intel Security, that can help Canadians remain safe while leading a connected life:

  • Lock down your devices. Our devices are like an extension of our bodies. It’s imperative that they are locked down with a strong PIN code, as well as complex and unique passwords to prevent unauthorized access. Use a multi-factor authentication (MFA) solution, like True Key by Intel Security, that will combine your strong passwords with an extra layer of security – like your fingerprint or facial recognition.
  • Keep your devices updated. Be sure to update your devices when new versions of the operating system or applications become available. Updates often include critical security fixes designed to patch and protect from attacks.
  • Take control of your home network. Setting up a guest Wi-Fi network allows visitors to access the internet but keeps your home network private and isolated from their devices. You can also separate your IoT devices (smart home devices, wearables, etc.) from traditional connected devices (laptops, smartphones, tablets, etc.) where more secure information is stored, so if an IoT devices is compromised, the breach will be limited to devices connected to the guest network. Solutions, such as McAfee Secure Home Platform [Warning: PDF], help you easily manage and protect devices connected to both networks, and can ensure that guest devices connected to your network don’t open you up to an attack.

More information is available in a blog post by Gary at: https://securingtomorrow.mcafee.com/consumer/consumer-threat-notices/connected-life/

Intel Security commissioned OnePoll to conduct a survey of 13,000 adults (aged 18-55+) in December 2016. Respondents used an internet-connected device on a daily basis and were based in the following regions: Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, the UK, and the U.S.

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