UPDATE YOUR DEVICES TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM HACKS
The best way to protect your devices and privacy from hacks is to keep them updated. The recent WikiLeaks revelations, which showed that the CIA can compromise a huge range of devices, shouldn’t send you into paroxysms of fear over your smartphone.
The CIA had access to data stored on the device and even to encrypted messages sent through popular services like WhatsApp, Signal and Telegram. In other cases, the hacks can turn gadgets like a Samsung Smart TV into listening devices, WikiLeaks said.
It should, though, be a solid reminder that one of the best ways to keep yourself safe from hackers is also one of the simplest: Update your gear.
What allows hackers access to your devices, after all, are breakdowns and vulnerabilities in the operating system that runs them. Many companies push out updated versions of that firmware regularly, and those releases often include important security updates. A recent example, in January 2017, Apple pushed out iOS
10.2.1, which which patched over a dozen vulnerabilities-some of them major.
That’s an extreme but not isolated example. And while there are plenty of other tin-foil hat strategies to securing your digital lives, the absolute simplest, surest way to achieve a baseline of protection is usually just to hit “update.”
With that in mind, here’s how to keep all of your gear as up to date as possible. Find a few hours some weekend to back up your stuff, and then bang out the update. It won’t make you bulletproof, but it should grant you some muchneeded peace of mind.