McAfee Most Hackable Christmas Gifts Survey Results

Our survey looked at this year’s most popular internet-connected Christmas gifts and aims to gauge how well Australians understand the potential security risks associated with them. Scroll down the page to see our survey findings infographic, our Top 5 Most Hackable Christmas Gifts list, and our tips on how to keep you, your family and your home network secure.

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This year’s Most Hackable Christmas Gifts:

Laptops and PCs

#1 Laptops and PCs

Laptops and PCs make great gifts, however, malicious apps targeting PCs are unfortunately common, and are not just limited to Windows-based devices.

Smartphones and Tablets

#2 Smartphones and Tablets

Survey results revealed that 65% of consumers plan to purchase either a smartphone or tablet this holiday season. Just like PCs and laptops, malware could result in personal and financial information being stolen.

Media Streaming Devices

#3 Media Streaming Devices

Media players and streaming sticks have changed the way consumers enjoy movies and TV, but consumers can unknowingly invite a cybercriminal into their living room by failing to update their device.

Smart Home Automation Devices and Apps

#4 Smart Home Automation Devices and Apps

Today’s connected home devices and apps give users the power to control their homes from their smartphone. Unfortunately, hackers have demonstrated techniques that could be used to compromise Bluetooth powered door locks and other home automation devices.

Drones

#5 Drones

Global drone sales are expected to grow to more than US$20 billion by 2022. They can provide unique perspectives when it comes to shooting video and photos. However, not properly securing the device could allow hackers to disrupt the GPS signal, or hijack your drone through its smartphone app.

The above list represents those internet-connected devices most at risk. Remember that any device that connects to the internet – whether it’s a home computer, tablet or a home device like a security camera – has a degree of risk of unwittingly sharing your personal information or of being co-opted into a botnet, as happened in the recent Dyn DDos attack in the USA.

Survey Methodology: The research was conducted online during September 2016 by OnePoll through a sample of over 1,000 Australian residents (aged 18-55+) who use internet-enabled devices on a daily basis.

To create the list of Most Hackable Christmas Gifts, Intel Security analysed the list of popular devices for a range of factors including accessibility, communication security, target value (whether these devices have access to information that would be valuable to a cyber criminal), activity (whether the hacking community is actively researching how to exploit these devices), and whether there are any active exploits roaming the internet looking for these devices.

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Our Tips To Help You Protect The Christmas Cheer

Secure your device before you start using it.

Your laptop, smartphone or tablet are the keys to controlling your home and your personal information. Make sure you have comprehensive security software installed on them, like McAfee® Total Protection.

Only use secure Wi-Fi

Using your devices, such as your smart home applications, on public Wi-Fi could leave you and your home open to risk. Never allow your home devices to be directly exposed to the internet.

Keep software up-to-date

Apply patches as they are released from the manufacturer. Install manufacturer updates right away to ensure that your device is protected from the latest known threats.

Configure a strong password or PIN

Don’t use default passwords. If your device supports it, use multi-factor authentication (MFA) as it can include factors like a trusted device, your face, fingerprint, etc. to make your login more secure.

Check before you click

Be suspicious of links from people you do not know and always use internet security software to stay protected. Hover over the link to find a full URL of the link’s destination in the lower corner of your browser.

Do your research

Purchase devices that come with proper administration and management. Devices should possess the necessary processes to determine if something is wrong, communicate such events to their owners, and provide options to resolve issues.

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