What Everyday Technologies aren't as Safe as They Used to Be?

What Everyday Technologies aren't as Safe as They Used to Be?

It's important for business owners to keep abreast of developments that make life and work easier. It's important also, however, to keep an eye on developments that make life easier for a different crowd -- criminals and scammers. For the sake of the safety of your business, it's vital to know what you can no longer trust.

Caller ID and Email IDs

Caller ID spoofing services readily help anyone manipulate caller ID technology. When an identity thief wishes to pretend to be a trusted and familiar contact in a call, spoofing technology can help them make the recipient's phone display such a number instead of their number. While the technology is often used for legitimate purposes, ease of availability has meant that abuse has become widespread.

It is also possible to spoof email addresses, something that phishing scammers take advantage of. It's easy for anyone to use programs like PHP Mailer to send out emails that appear to arrive from the ID of a trusted person. Most email services, Gmail and corporate mail included, let spoofed mail through without a hitch. The only way to protect yourself is to learn how to read message headers.

It's Possible to De-Blur Images

Whether you use images for advertising purposes or to send out to the press, using blurring or pixelating functions on image editing software may be your method of choice to keep sensitive parts of images safe. These methods are often used to blur out credit card numbers, license plate numbers and the like.

Unfortunately there are cheaply available Photoshop plug-ins that are able to de-blur images, as well. With names like Topaz, Robust and Nik Software Sharpener, there is an endless array of possibilities out there. To truly protect your business, it's a far better idea to block sensitive parts of images out, rather than to pixelate them.

It's Possible to Hack into Wi-Fi Networks

Your company's Wi-Fi network may be password-protected. That password probably doesn't keep even mildly determined novice hackers out, however. Keeping intruders out isn't just about not giving someone else a free ride on your Wi-Fi bandwidth. It's also about keeping out crazy people intent on causing disruption.

It's important to make sure that your networks have the best possible technology for safety online. For instance you should consider installing DD-WRT or Tomato firmware on your routers for resistance against to hacking attempts. It even makes sense to disable remote administration.

Whether you choose to actually protect yourself in one of the ways mentioned here or not, it's important to know where the risks lie.