Creating a Safe Connected Home

By Elvis Huff on October 3, 2018
4 minute read

Did you know October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month?  Each week this month, I will be bringing you a new article focused on that week’s specific cybersecurity theme. Let’s raise cyber awareness and stop cybercrime!

Creating a Safe Connected Home

It’s no secret that new Internet-connected devices are inundating our homes. From TVs and microwaves to garage door openers, there are lots of things that now require Internet connectivity. We as parents and caregivers must give safe tips and advice when our loved ones are connecting online.

Secure your Social Accounts

Last week, Facebook announced that 50 – 90 million Facebook accounts were affected in a security breach. Facebook announced this in their official press release where attackers could steal access tokens and use these tokens to take over people’s accounts.

Attackers exploited a flaw in the platform’s “View As” feature that allows users to view their profile as a friend, the public, or a third party, accessing digital keys (known as access tokens) that permit the user to reopen Facebook without having to log in again.

What Can You Do?

  • Log out of Facebook accounts as a precaution using the “Security and Login” section in the Settings tab and select all locations where you are logged in.
  • While Facebook has not required password resets, we suggest updating passwords regularly as a best practice for personal data security. If you’ve forgotten your password, you can use the platform’s Help Center.
  • While little is known about the information compromised in the breach at this time, we encourage you to take this opportunity to review which third-party apps you’ve given permission to access your account.

The simplest advice is to simply stop and think before connecting. This makes a lot of sense. By simply thinking about what we are going to access and the information we plan to send, we’re forced to be more aware of potential threats.






Have another thought, tip or suggestion? Leave it in the comments below. I would love to hear from you!

Posted by Elvis Huff

Elvis Huff worked as an officer and network administrator for 12 years with the Lebanon Police Department and has also served as an adjunct professor in information systems at Cumberland University. Read More »

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