Turning up the heat

thermostat_hackedAn exploit in smart thermostats reveals just how flawed many IoT devices are when it comes to security with researchers revealing just how easy it is to take control of heating systems and demand a payment to hand them back to their owners. Thankfully BullGuard customers can be reassured that they are in safe hands when it comes to protecting the smart home.

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How to set a password that takes 200 years to crack – it’s easy

PasswordIn May, almost 300 million hacked email addresses have been discovered – yet again – so it’s time to shore up your password defences. Most of this data was outdated and of little use, but it’s still a timely reminder that your first line of defence should be strong password. It’s a lot easier than you think to set an infinitely tough password that is next to impossible to crack. Do this and if your email address is filched of some website you can kick back and cackle with glee knowing that a hacker might have your email address but they’ll never get into any of your accounts. 

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Racists and Barbie meet on common ground

BarbieAs the number of smart internet-connected devices grows into billions so do concerns about lack of security, whether it’s a digital photo frame, a smart TV or even a Barbie doll. A recent attack on the Internet of Things exploited tens of thousands of printers, it was claimed. The hacker described it as fun; others said it’s the shape of things to come.

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The future is almost here –and it’s looking insecure

IoT futureIt might be argued that currently many people have little interest in smart connected devices much less Internet of Things security. But so powerful are the combined commercial interests that are driving this new technology wave that smart devices will soon be as common as electric kettles. And before we know it we’ll accept and use smart technology with as little thought as when we plug in a kettle. To give you a sense of what’s coming we’ve outlined some areas where you’re set to see the growing introduction of IoT. But you shouldn’t blindly accept these technologies just yet, because there are fundamental flaws that device manufacturers don’t tell you about. Read on.

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Cyber Armageddon

cyberwarA documentary set to be released on July 9 at the cinema charts the development of the Stuxnet virus which crippled an Iranian nuclear reactor. It asks the question whether the silent cyber warfare that is currently taking place could lead to devastating real-world consequences such as triggering a global conflict.

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