March 7, 2021
How Consumers can Avoid 5G Attacks

As 5G Rolls Out, Cyber-Criminals Gain More Opportunities — Here’s What to Expect

5G continues to roll out across the country, offering faster speeds and other benefits, but it’s also opening up prime opportunities for cyber-criminals…

Now that 5G is increasingly becoming available, it comes with substantially higher download speeds, much lower latency, and an increased capacity as the networks expand. But, it does have its downsides. For instance, it takes a lot more equipment to deliver it and its range is significantly limited, compared to the last generation.

How Consumers can Avoid 5G Attacks

New 5G networks will also offer improvements in remote surgery, haptic feedback, self-driving technology improvements, more sophisticated drones and virtual reality. Obviously, streaming will be higher quality with much less buffering. And, it will be possible to connect more devices simultaneously without bogging-down networks.

However, there’s also more ample opportunity for cyber-criminals to take advantage of consumers. This, through two areas: the IoT or Internet of Things and the sheer volume of connected devices. Basically, more connected devices means more openings for hacker and other cyber-criminals.

So, here’s how to avoid being victimized. First and foremost, keep an eye on threats through the news. Also, be sure to protect your phone and laptop by only logging onto trusted networks. Or, use a VPN. Additionally, periodically check every device connected to your home network, like cameras, doorbells, and other smart devices.

Moreover, it’s best to install a security firewall so that all those IoT gadgets aren’t open to exploit by hackers. Of course, you should also use common sense. If something is too good to be true, it probably is nothing but trouble.

Owen E. Richason IV

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