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LTC Stephen F.
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Solid state technology has long been known to be vulnerable to EMP and understandably it is smart devices which are most vulnerable to hacking and cyberattack for many reasons.
Smart Phones, garage doors, home security systems and business security systems, etc. are viable targets for cyberattack.
"The best way to defend smart devices is to establish a secure password. Security experts say that very often, consumers simply continue using the default passwords set at the factory, which tend to be extremely weak.
Increasingly, cars and trucks are incorporating smart devices that control many functions of the vehicle. Though cars didn't show up much in the ReportLinker study as a consumer concern, that could change in the future.
Two years ago, a hacker, as an experiment for a technology publication, took control of a Jeep while it was being driven. The incident was the trigger for a recall of 1.4 million Jeeps.
Consumers in the ReportLinker survey are correct that desktops and laptops are vulnerable to attack. One only has to remember the incident in May of this year when hackers unleashed the WannaCry ransomware attack on computer networks around the world.
The malware in this case exploited a weakness in Microsoft Windows. Microsoft released a patch, but many computer users – particularly businesses – had not install it.
The best way to guard against these types of malware attacks is to keep operating systems updated and install robust security software that is updated often to meet emerging threats."
Thanks for mentioning me TSgt Joe C.
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SGT David A. 'Cowboy' Groth
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Thank you sir for the great info share, and mention.
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LTC Stephen F.
LTC Stephen F.
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SGT David A. 'Cowboy' Groth - you are welcome, my friend.
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Unpopular opinion here:

MACs and Linux
The last several years MAC has had the most amount of critical vulnerabilities and has taken the longest to fix them. Then you have to account for mentality. Apple still subconsciously pushes the matra of "Macs can't get viruses" so Mac users are less likely to take appropriate preventative steps. Than finally there's Macs "interconnected design" which disables host based firewalls by default.

Linux is just as vulnerable. With the Kernel being all open source anyone can analyze it to find weaknesses. Fortunately though when weaknesses are discovered they're usually fixed by the hive mind pretty quickly.


Smart phones are also really bad. They have horrendously long security patch times (My phone LG G6, so still a flagship phone) hasn't recieved a security patch in almost 4 months now. So it's still vulnerable to Blueborn and Krack. Plus AV on phones is even more of a joke than computer AV because it focuses on scanning apps and not actual running processes.
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Capt (Join to see) Solid copy on all, sir, solid points. Thank you for contributing. I've often found the same with Apple device/Mac users. Glad someone voiced it.
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