Brian Thomas

Brian Thomas

Based in Cincinnati, OH, the Brian Thomas Morning Show covers news and politics, both local and national, from a conservative point of view.Full Bio

 

Tech Friday with Dave Hatter -September 24th 2021 - SPONSORED BY INTRUST IT

Protect Your Digital Identity:

  • Identity related fraud is now an epidemic, due in no small part to how little thought people give to their privacy and security
  • Every action you take in the online world can potentially compromise your digital presence which can lead to serious consequences that wreak havoc on your personal and professional life
  • Anything from fraudulent credit card purchases, drained bank accounts, loans in your name to theft of crypto assets can occur
  • Here are some ways that you can protect your digital identity:
    • Think privacy and security first
    • Stop, think, protect. Be a human firewall
    • Limit your digital footprint, understand "privacy" settings and be wary of what you post. Digital content can last forever...
    • Ensure websites that collect sensitive data use encryption. Look for the lock and or https:// in the address bar of our your browser
    • Use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to provide security and anonymity
    • Use a password manager
    • Be wary of "free" software/apps. If you're not paying with money, you're paying with data. You are the product, NOT the customer
    • Do a background check on yourself with a site likehttps://unmask.com/
      • Seeing information that is readily available to others can help you prepare to answer tough questions in interviews, loans, etc.
      • It can help you be aware of and clear up any criminal or financial information that is incorrect
      • It can help you spot identity theft
    • Monitor online activity - Google Alerts
    • Use a privacy friendly browser such as:
      • Firefox
      • Brave
      • Safari
      • Tor
    • Use an Identity Theft monitoring service such as LifeLock
    • Limit IoT device usage
    • Limit location services
    • Freeze your credit

Behind the One-Way Mirror: A Deep Dive Into the Technology of Corporate Surveillance:

Remote Workers Commonly Bypass Inconvenient Security Measures:

  • The Covid-19 pandemic has created significant security challenges for organizations with employees working from home
  • The "Rebellions & Rejections" study from HP indicates that employee buy-in for proper cybersecurity hygiene is not good
  • They surveyed over 8,400 office workers that shifted to remote work during the pandemic. It included 1,100 IT staff with decision-making roles
  • 30% of remote workers under the age of 24 said they circumvent or ignore corporate security policies that impede productivity
  • 67% of IT leaders reported "weekly" complaints about restrictive policies
  • 48% of all workers feel security polices and measures are a waste of time
  • 91% of respondents felt pressure to compromise security for business continuity
  • 83% of the IT respondents believe the current state of remote security is "ticking time bomb" for their organization's network
  • With nearly 50% of all employees expecting to do some remote work, there are millions of vulnerable endpoints that could be a conduit into corporate
  • Some employees use personal devices that are not properly secured
  • 23% of respondents expect to to continue working remotely and 16% expect a hybrid approach
  • Only 36% of workers have been trained to protect home networks and devices
  • 80% of IT respondents reported dealing with increases in ransomware, firmware attacks, exploitation of unpatched vulnerabilities that have been disclosed to the public, data leakage and “man-in-the-middle” attacks

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