It’s no secret that technology is a huge part of our lives. As someone who works from home, I rely on my trusty laptop, wifi and smartphone all day! It helps me connect to clients across the country while I work out of my house in rural Northern California. Unfortunately every time we log into our computers, Internet of Things devices, we put ourselves at risk. There isn’t a day that I don’t receive an email from a hacker telling me that my “account has been suspended” and I need to click a link to restore it. Most of the time it’s easy to tell the difference, but there have been a few times it’s looked so legit, I’ve had to really use my best judgment.
“The national epidemic of Crypto-style ransomware grew 35 percent in 2015, and has the potential to infect TVs, watches, cars and Internet of Things devices that can be held hostage. The recent ransomware attacks on hospitals, and the constant theft of consumer data – SSNs, Netflix account logins, frequent flyer miles and more – prove cyber criminals will stop at nothing to make a profit.” This week, Cybersecurity Expert Kevin Haley, Norton director of Security Response at Symantec joined me for one of the most informative interviews I’ve ever conducted. I learned so much about how attackers using Microsoft Word documents to fool their victims, cyber criminal’s newest weapon of choice, the latest trends in Ransomware, big issue in terms of vulnerabilities for IoT devices and much more. If you use a computer, laptop, smartphone, IoT or technology in general, I highly recommend you check out this computer! It’s helped me make wise decisions, and know it will help you as well. For more information on Symantec or Symantec’s 2017 Internet Security Threat Report (ISTR), please visit: Symantec.com.
Video: Watch Candace Rose interview cybersecurity expert Kevin Haley on how protect yourself from cyber criminals, ransomware and more!
Kevin Haley Bio
Kevin Haley is the director of Security Response at Norton by Symantec. His team analyzes complex online threats and develops product solutions. This valuable security data provides the basis for protecting customers against complex Internet threats and other security risks. Kevin frequently serves as a security expert for media including CNBC, USA Today, Forbes, Dow Jones, The Los Angeles Times and many other outlets. Kevin is passionate about using his knowledge to educate consumers about current security and online safety issues.