In an environment of increasing connectivity and the booming presence of ‘smart’ devices in our everyday lives, a lesser known but equally dangerous cyberthreat is social engineering, which uses predictable patterns from consumers (especially when it comes to passwords) to hack into their accounts. You may have heard of phishing emails (such as what happened to The Onion’s Twitter account last week), yet there are other ways hackers can get you to reveal your information.
But don’t sweat it! Safeguarding your online data is largely a matter of being proactive, and arming yourself with the right knowledge. Here are our favorite basic pieces of advice for doing just that.
1. Your passwords are the gateway to all your online information. Make them strong and unique.
We know, it’s easier for you to pick something you’ll never forget (the name of your pet iguana + your lucky number) and use that, or variants of that, for every online account. But you wouldn’t use the same key to unlock your office, house, car, mailbox, safe deposit box and briefcase – so why would you use the same password for those equivalent online tools? Make sure to use a different password for each of your crucial online accounts, especially your email.
Each of your passwords should be at least 12 characters, and contain at least one of each: upper case letter, lower case letter, special character, and number.
Do not share your passwords or write them down. Memory is always your safest bet. If you absolutely need to write your password down, don’t keep it next to the computer.
2. The security of your Internet connection is equally important.
When setting up your home or office Wi-Fi network, follow the password guidelines listed above.
Never connect any Internet-enabled device or gadget (cell phone, smart watch, camera) to an open or public Wi-Fi network (meaning, a network that is not password protected). If you share a network with someone, it’s much easier for them to find your data.
If you must use an open Wi-Fi network, be sure any emails or information you send over that network are encrypted. Look into free tools that can encrypt emails and text messages. This will ensure your information can only be accessed by the intended recipient with the same encryption tool.
3. And while we’re on the subject of encryption…
Research your connected devices before you buy. When data is stored in the cloud, is encrypted, and transmitted over an encrypted connection, it’s actually safer than if it were stored on a local hard drive in your house!
A home monitoring camera like simplicam, for example, employs bank-level encryption on top of using a proprietary video format that can only be unscrambled by the company’s software. Pair that with a secure Wi-Fi network and a good password for your app login, and your video stream is as secure as it can get.
Finally, use common sense. If you wouldn’t give a stranger on the street your address or credit card information, be equally careful about sharing that sensitive data online.
By putting these best practices to use, you’ll be taking a proactive approach to keeping your online data safe and secure.
About the author
Caroline Tien-Spalding is Senior Director of Product Marketing for ArcSoft consumer imaging applications.
ArcSoft’s industry-leading technology ushers in new era for connected households
It’s a wonderful time of year to be taking stock of everything you’re grateful for (such as your health, your loved ones, quesadillas, King Joffrey’s demise, etc.) and setting some resolutions for the new year (like going to the gym more, so you can eat more quesadillas).
As the creative team behind simplicam – the smartest, easiest home monitoring Wi-Fi video camera with cutting-edge Face Detection technology – we’re deeply grateful for all our amazing users whose invaluable feedback helped us grow and improve since launching in August 2014. As for our New Year’s resolution, we wanted to raise the bar (again!) by setting the stage for a completely connected home.
We have a big announcement to make about our super smart home Wi-Fi camera…
Today, we’re proud to release a brilliant new feature that takes “peace of mind” to a whole new level. We’ve had to be tight-lipped about it for a while, so we’re thrilled be spilling the beans about…
Just kidding. (2014 was a crazy year. All the excitement is making us a little goofy).
FACE RECOGNITION. (For real this time. Really. That’s the thing).
Have you heard? simplicam looks really nice under a Christmas tree…
Happy holidays, simplicam fans! We’re excited to bring you our first official newsletter. Keeping in line with the spirit of Thanksgiving, we’ve “stuffed” it full of good things including awesome new app updates, a cool video contest and some feedback from our users – who we are truly grateful for. Gobble gobble.
“simplicam impresses and in some ways even surpasses pricier models…With its lower monthly fees and the addition of face recognition alerts for cloud subscribers, ArcSoft’s Simplicam is poised to take on our highest rated Wi-Fi security cameras…It’s a fantastic option for someone wanting a cloud subscription and all of its related benefits without spending $10+ a month.”
“I confidently and emphatically choose Simplicam…Solidly built, Simplicam just flat-out performs. Night mode was great, and the movement detection controls save you from smartphone notification hell. The Closeli app is easy to use, and the subscription model is both affordable and feature-rich.”
Now that we’re soaring out of pre-launch craziness and forging ahead into an exciting new phase for our just-released home monitoring camera, we’re amazed and thrilled by the flood of great press coverage and sales that simplicam powered by Closeli continues to garner.
The smart home is about to get a lot smarter, thanks to a brand new, cutting-edge solution that can actually tell you if someone’s home.
Don’t miss what you’re missing at home with simplicam powered by Closeli.
We’re excited to announce that simplicam powered® by Closeli®, the first and only home monitoring Wi-Fi video solution with state-of-the-art Face Detection technology, is officially available for purchase. Now, users can receive notifications when someone is actually in their home – rather than getting motion and sound alerts every time the dog barks at the UPS man, or a tree branch moves near the window.
Creating new makeup templates for Perfect365 is truly a team effort. It involves research, engineering, revisions, collaboration, intelligent imaging technology and lots of time falling down the Pinterest rabbit hole while looking for inspiration.
If you love using the free Perfect365 app to play with new makeup styles – from natural and fresh, to bold and breathtaking, to glamorous and classy – you’re probably well acquainted with the bottom line of this digital makeup miracle worker: It’s easy. It’s accurate. It’s like a magic makeup wand in the palm of your hand – for photos. Abracadabra! You’re welcome.
But have you ever wondered about the inspiration behind the looks, and where it comes from?
We’re in the throes of wedding season, with summer in full swing and fall just around the corner.
Give your makeup artist a leg up by coming to your wedding day makeup trial prepared. Experiment with Perfect365 to find out what look you want to rock on the big day.
If you’re a bride, you’re likely slogging through the trenches of table seating arrangements, fielding phone calls from distant relatives about which hotel they should stay at, or maneuvering around piles of DIY burlap napkins and paper flower garlands that have proliferated like gremlins to take over every inch of available counter space in your already cramped apartment.
DIY wedding crafting is great and all, but it can be stressful, too. Let Perfect365 give you one less thing to worry about. No matter what, know that your wedding photos can always look perfect with this easy-to-use app.
This is why – amid a backdrop of exciting (but often stressful) pre-nuptial chaos – having one less thing to worry about can work wonders for your sanity. Feeling indecisive about what kind of makeup palette you’re going to rock on the big day? Getting a little anxious about looking picture-perfect from dawn til dusk, starting with pre-ceremony portraits, to the “I dos,’” to the garter toss?
Enter Perfect365, an awesome free makeup app featuring state-of-the-art face detection technology that automatically maps your key facial features for accurate, easy and super-fast virtual photo touch-ups. Not only does it let you play around with a plethora of makeup styles so you can find your best look, it also lets you enhance photos in just one tap – transforming the average candid snapped by a wedding guest into a professional-looking, yet natural shot. So say “yes” to less stress, great wedding photos and see what Perfect365 can do for you. We even brought in a real bride-to-be to demonstrate!
Get ready to take some awesome Fourth of July photos. It’ll be a blast.
Independence Day weekend is just around the corner, which means three days of heat, hot dogs and hometown pageantry. Photo ops abound on this patriotic holiday, but when you throw in ketchup stains, sweat and combustible entertainment, things can get messy. In this article, you’ll find a roundup of tips, gadgets and apps to not only capture great fireworks images, but also also snap stellar portraits of you and your friends during those festive block parties and beach barbecues. So go forth, seize your photographic freedom and liberate your Fourth of July photos from oppressive mediocrity! Continue reading →
A Scandinavian research team is currently working on a headset that translates your dog’s thoughts into human language. Maybe one day, dogs will create their own mind-reading devices…
The wearable electronics business is expected to grow from more than $14 billion this year to a predicted $70 billion in 2024, which means a growing number of tech firms are barking up the wearables tree by rolling out a new generation of smart gadgetry – for pets!