Two-factor authentication, home automation check before leaving home for the holidays. But not only. Also avoid using home banking services when connected to public hotspots. To turn attention to online security when on vacation is ToothPic, the startup specializing in cybersecurity that has published the 8 golden rules to protect yourself from hacker attacks and online identity theft even under an umbrella. The startup’s mission is in fact “to help organizations protect their digital services”, which is why it has invented, designed, developed and patented a solution for turn every smartphone into a secure key for online authentication.
Here are the 8 golden rules for cyber security of summer 2021: the first rule is to always insert different credentials without leaving old passwords, always choosing complex passwords is essential to protect your users: they must not be trivial or too short otherwise the hackers who can intervene with direct brute force attacks. But not only. Toothpic also suggests turning on two-factor authentication and, if possible, always enable authentication multifactor when the user registers for an online service; beware of phishing and be wary under the umbrella: Better never reply to messages or emails, even if they come from senders who seem to be trusted or known, asking for authentication data.
Fifth rule: also beware of public hotspots when traveling, beware of public connections of bars, restaurants, bathing establishments and hotels because they may not have adequate security systems. The sixth golden rule is to check online services because even if you are on vacation, ToothPic remembers to do a constant check to your online services: in this way you can immediately intervene if you realize that your credentials have been stolen or cloned.
They also go updated the devices as well, while preparing the suitcase, it is better to also update your own software installed on your computer, tablet and smartphone. Finally eye to fix the home automation: when you go on vacation it may be necessary set up connected devices as cameras to control the home even from a distance: in these cases, remember to change the admin password because if you keep the default accounts you are more exposed to the risk of external people accessing the images recorded by the camera.
“Summer can be an ideal time for hackers who, taking advantage of user distractions, can access accounts and devices or steal data and information through phishing. The safety of users and companies is our goal “underline i four founders of ToothPic, researchers and professors of the Department of Electronics and Telecommunications of the Politecnico di Torino. “In particular – they explain – the technological uniqueness of our startup increases the security level of the identification procedure without affecting usability, for example as regards access to Home Banking services”.
In fact, the user has the option of perform banking operations or digital payments through the use of the smartphone only and moreover the ToothPic solution is able to recognize the devices from which a specific transaction has taken place, thus resolving any cases of false declarations or bank movements by a particular user, exploiting the uniqueness and non-clonability of the traces present in the cameras of every smartphone to ensure high protection of the cryptographic keys. “With ToothPic – the founders conclude – users who access their Home Banking service or make online purchases would be facilitate the authentication process, thus benefiting from greater security of monetary transactions, at any time of the year: even under the umbrella “.