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Beware! Hackers Can Use Branded Robots To Spy On Your Family

Known as PII, this can include your name, physical home address, email address, telephone numbers, date of birth, marital status, Social Security numbers (US)/National Insurance numbers (UK), and other information relating to your medical status, family members, employment, and education.

Beware! Hackers Can Use Branded Robots To Spy On Your Family

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Signal is widely regarded as the most accessible, secure messaging service in existence today. Available for Android, iOS, macOS, and Windows, the free app -- developed by Open Whisper Systems -- implements end-to-end encryption and no data is stored by the company's servers, which means that none of your conversations can be seized or read by law enforcement or hackers.

Social networks can be valuable communication tools but they can also be major sources of data leaks. It is not just friends and family that might be stalking you across social media -- prospective employers or shady characters may be doing so, too, and so it is important for you to lock down your accounts to make sure only the information you want to be public, is public.

Two-factor authentication codes are often the last line of security against hackers trying to access your phone, social media accounts, or bank accounts. When Google auto-enrolled user accounts onto 2FA, this resulted in 50% fewer hacked accounts [*].

Aura's security software protects your devices and networks from hackers, monitors your financial and sensitive accounts for signs of fraud, and will alert you in near real-time about any compromises.

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Smart home devices are connected to a Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking system that automatically detects the location of your home. The location signals collected by the GPS are meant to be private but since they are saved in the cloud, they are exposed to hackers. Unfortunately, anyone who goes the extra mile to find your home location might be up to no good.

Installing a surveillance camera at home keeps a watchful eye on your premises even in your absence. But the authenticity of such data is questionable especially when it can be altered by professional hackers.

"Beyond the risk that your TV manufacturer and app developers may be listening and watching you, that television can also be a gateway for hackers to come into your home," the FBI warned in 2019(Opens in a new tab). "In a worst-case scenario, they can turn on your bedroom TV's camera and microphone and silently cyberstalk you."

One of the most common is credential stuffing. Here, attackers feed large volumes of previously breached username/password combinations into automated software. The tool then tries these across large numbers of sites, hoping to find a match. In this way, hackers can unlock several of your accounts with just one password. There were an estimated 193 billion such attempts globally last year, according to one estimate. One notable victim recently was the Canadian government.

These hackers will identity a target, likely a weak target that has access to the company they want to penetrate. They look for all the information they can find online on this person (e.g. your social media accounts) and start to befriend the victim. The victim would then let their guard down.

Sometimes, we might not be able to prevent hacking completely. But, there are definitely some preventive steps that you can take to protect yourself from hackers. Here are some ways to prevent you not being hacked:

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Instead, ask your friends and family to create their own free Wyze account so you can share devices with them without compromising your login credentials. For more information on the Sharing feature, check out How to Use Sharing.

Video conferencing tools like Zoom, Google Hangouts, Microsoft Teams, and WebEx Meetings can make communication easy. They let you see your doctors, colleagues, friends, and family members on-screen with the click of a button.

Most hosted cloud-based conferencing services have advanced security measures. But you still need to set up your teleconferencing tools effectively. That can help keep malware, hackers, and identity thieves out.

Google Play Protect scans all of your apps to identify any that are potentially dangerous. Even the most trusted apps can develop flaws that hackers can exploit, so it's a good idea to scan the apps on your phone periodically to ensure your apps are safe.

As a PCMag security analyst, I report on security solutions such as password managers and parental control software, as well as privacy tools such as VPNs. Each week I send out the SecurityWatch newsletter filled with online security news and tips for keeping you and your family safe on the internet.

There are two ways someone can access your computer without your consent. Either a family member or work college is physically logging in to your computer or phone when you are not around, or someone is accessing your computer remotely.

And keep its definitions up to date. Most viruses distributed criminal hackers these days are either keyloggers which hoover up all your password as you type them, or ransomware which locks you out of your computer unless you pay ransom money.

Created by Julian Fellowes, this period drama charmed British and American viewers equally. The Downton Abbey series, which ran for six seasons and two movies (Community, eat your heart out!), chronicled the lives of the British aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the early 20th century in a delightfully soapy upstairs/downstairs estate that gave PBS a critically acclaimed period-piece.


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