We’ve posted many updates on business computer security, and the need for ever increasing vigilance against viruses, hacking, malware (malicious software) that invade your small business networks. Now our security partner, Webroot, reports on the newest trends: hacking into your furnace and holding your thermostat ransom!
Here’s the full article
A few points to guard against hacking your home or business:
- These hacks are on the horizon–keeping up with anti-virus is only a part of the solution
- Ransom attacks–like the one described here–often lock files on your computers (and soon home furnaces!) and force you to pay in “bit coin”–a currency that is very difficult for law enforcement to track
- The heating system attack like the one described here is part of what technologists call “the internet of things,” which is and is becoming more and more common. Soon your refrigerator will track your shopping needs, and the washing machine will tell you when a belt is about to fail, or your air conditioner will text you if the humidity is too high for the roses. Pretty cool stuff–but once connected to the internet, these systems will become vulnerable.
What’s a business owner to do
- Embrace technology improvements understanding there may be risks
- Weigh those risks to the benefit they provide you
- Work with an IT consultant who will assist you in developing a technology plan to improves productivity and ensures security risks are managed