Computers have long been a target for hackers, but with the rise of IoT devices and other connected devices, this is the first time they have become a targeted target.
According to research by security firm Gartner, in the first half of 2018, hackers targeted more than 8.4 million computers worldwide, and the threat level to personal computers remained unchanged at the same level.
As the threat landscape continues to evolve, the rise in connected devices is also expected to have a major impact on the growth of cyber attacks, and there are already signs that this will continue.
According the latest security research, in 2018, there were an estimated 7,632,938 compromised computers worldwide.
While the number of computers compromised by hackers is still small, there is growing evidence that hackers have been focusing their efforts on the growing number of connected devices.
This includes mobile phones, wearable technology, and home appliances.
In 2018, one in five personal computers worldwide were connected, up from 2.5 per cent in 2017.
While a few more years of data and security improvements will undoubtedly result in more compromised computers, this trend has already begun to shift the balance.
What are the most common ways that devices are being targeted?
The most common type of device being targeted are connected PCs, which are typically connected to a computer via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.
These devices have the ability to connect to other computers and use their own internet connections, enabling them to be a target to anyone who can access the internet.
Other types of connected computers include connected TVs, game consoles, smart home devices, home automation devices, and smart-home devices that connect to the internet via Zigbee.
Other popular devices targeted are mobile phones and gaming consoles, as well as smart-water heaters and washing machines.
The most significant trends in connected device attacks in 2018 include the increasing use of VPN services, and other security features, such as encryption.
VPN services are typically used to anonymise traffic between a server and the user, and they can provide a degree of anonymity for online users, while also preventing them from being tracked or targeted by hackers.
In addition to protecting users from cyber attacks by encrypting their data, these services also allow for a level of security that is not offered by other forms of internet access.
VPNs have also been used to target security researchers by masking their IP addresses, thus masking the IP address of the targeted site.
The trend of connecting devices to internet access points also plays a role in many of the attacks that are currently being carried out.
As connected devices become more sophisticated, the ability of hackers to connect and access the devices will only increase.
In fact, the use of wireless networks has become increasingly popular, and as more and more devices are connected to the network, this has allowed attackers to gain access to devices, potentially compromising data and other sensitive information.
What should we do about connected devices?
In order to combat the growing threat posed by connected devices and their use as a platform for cyber attacks and data breaches, it is important that consumers and business owners take steps to keep their personal information safe, secure, and private.
In this regard, it’s important to consider the risks associated with connected devices that could be used as a vector for malware or other malicious activity.
The following recommendations should help businesses and consumers stay on top of the growing threats in connected technology.
Make sure your device is fully configured and is connected to your network.
The devices that you use as your work, personal, or home devices should be connected to and have sufficient connectivity for data transfer, so that the device can be used for its intended purpose.
Always use your device with the latest software, and always connect to a secure network that is accessible from the device’s home or office.
Always enable your device to connect securely to the same internet connection that you have with your computer.
This allows the device to access and communicate securely with other devices on your network, such that the data can be secured.
If you are concerned about the security of your personal data, make sure that your personal information is not shared with anyone who could access it.
Protect your personal device and keep your devices secure.
It is important to understand that personal information stored on connected devices may be transferred to third parties, which could include businesses or individuals, even if they are unaware of the data being stored on the device.
Be aware that it may be difficult to trace the identity of your device’s owner, and this could affect the security and integrity of your data.
Use the latest version of the app that you would normally use for accessing the internet on your computer to keep your device secure.
The app will automatically sync all your personal and sensitive information with the cloud, making it easier to share your information with others.
If your personal or sensitive information is compromised, it may not be possible to restore the data or access the information if it was stored on a connected device.
Do not use the device as your primary