5 Cyber Security Tips

Protecting your devices from cyber threats doesn’t always have to involve a complete tech overhaul. Simple changes can make a big difference.

1. Make strong, unique passwords for all your online accounts.

This task is actually easier than it seems if you have a system for creating passwords, like this Forbes article explains. You could also try using a password manager to keep track of all your passwords.

2. Learn to recognize and avoid email scams.

The easiest way to prevent phishing attacks is to double-check the spelling of sender addresses and URLs in any emails you receive. Also pay attention to the email’s content. Does the offer/inquiry/request seem too good to be true? It probably is!

3. Be safe with your social media accounts.

Monitor them for activity that seems suspicious. Any evidence of posts/messages/etc you didn’t create is likely a sign you’ve been hacked. Also, be careful to not share too much personal information. Hackers could get access to much more than your basic info depending on what you post.

4. Delete the recordings on your digital assistants.

Enjoy using digital assistants but want to keep your information private? Deleting the recordings made by devices like Amazon Alexa and Google Home. This ensures that your data stays yours.

5. Make sure to do your “sensitive browsing” on secure devices and connections.

Sensitive browsing includes activities such as banking, shopping, or filling out confidential documents. Do these on devices you own and on locked WiFi networks to prevent third parties from getting access to your information.

Windows 7 End of Life

Windows 7 will be reaching its end of life phase on January 14, 2020, meaning “Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support for PCs” running on all versions of Windows 7. (source)

Users must upgrade or replace their devices to transition to Windows 10 Pro or Windows 10 Home, which requires the following minimum specs according to Laptop Mag:

  • Processor: 1GHz process or faster
  • Memory: 1GB of RAM for a 32-bit installation and 2GB of RAM for a 64-bit installation
  • Hard Disk Space: Up to 20GB of space
  • Graphics Card: A screen with a resolution of 800 by 600 or higher, and a DirectX 9 graphics chip

In some cases, it is less expensive and more efficient to purchase a new machine than to upgrade a machine to have these specs.

Devices running on Windows 7 will still work after end of life, but they will be vulnerable to security threats, and Microsoft will provide no technical support, no software updates, and no security updates. It is the company’s way of moving all users over to Windows 10.

Keeping Windows 7 may also make devices more difficult to use because app developers may stop supporting it, according to Laptop Mag.

For more information regarding Windows 7 end of support specifically, visit the Microsoft end of support FAQ.

Yottability is filling up on appointments before January 14, 2020 for upgrades from Windows 7 to Windows 10. Contact us today at (818) 975-0058 or at customerservice@yottability.com to schedule an appointment.

On the Fear of 5G

While there are countless tech and business articles praising 5G, there are also articles listing the harms that it could bring. But is this fear of 5G rational?

One concern people have about 5G is its health effects.

The potential damage brought by radio frequency radiation (RFR) has been feared since the dawn of cellphone use. This fear has partially been fueled by the World Heath Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), who categorize RFR as “possibly carcinogenic”. However, as pointed out by an article in Digital Trends, the IARC also “puts coffee and talc-based body powder in the same ‘possibly carcinogenic’ category.”

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Another reason people believe RFR is harmful is one 2018 study done by the National Toxicology Program, which found that high levels of RFR exposure caused brain tumors in rats. Naturally, people interpreted these findings as meaning that cell phones cause cancer. However, the study itself states that the effects on rat and mice “cannot be directly applied to humans” because the RF levels used were much higher than cell phone radiation, and the animals’ entire bodies were exposed to the radiation (as opposed to human RFR exposure only affecting the parts of our bodies holding cell phones). In fact, the study also states that the effects of 2G and 3G radiation used “do not apply to 4G or 5G technologies”.

However, other reports argue that 5G will bring harmful radiation exposure. In 2017, a group of European scientists and doctors released The 5G Appeal, calling for the EU to “halt the roll out of 5G due to serious potential health effects from this new technology”. The number of signatures on the appeal has continued to increase since its release.

The 5G Appeal cites a 2017 study by BioMed Research International that found that increased exposure to wireless phones increased subjects’ risk for glioma, a type of brain tumor. It concluded that RFR should be classified as carcinogenic.

Furthermore, because 5G requires the creation of more antennas, it will lead to more RFR exposure. The appeal asks that the health risks of 5G be evaluated by “impartial EMF-and-health scientists”. It concludes by urging the EU to stick to wired telecommunication.

The European Commission has rejected the appeal, stating that the effects of 5G will not nearly be as harmful as the appeal claims.

Scientists can’t seem to agree on the effects of RFR, according to Wired. It is then up to the discretion of consumers to decide how they feel about 5G when it is released.

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