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The Biggest Data Threats to Look Out for in 2020

Photo by Sergey Zolkin on Unsplash
Photo by Sergey Zolkin on Unsplash

Over the last several years, threats to personal information have regularly increased. As we enter 2020, cybersecurity threats to data continue at a dangerous pace. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the biggest threats to data and cybersecurity in the new decade.

Emerging Technologies

With each passing year, new technologies emerge and widen our ability to connect to the rest of the world. Over the last few years, 5G, artificial intelligence, and other programs have made it faster to get online and find information. Unfortunately, these new opportunities for average citizens are also available to hackers. Gaps in security are often found in initial versions of new programs–thereby putting data at risk.

Cloud Storage

As we use an increasing amount of data, more people and more businesses are moving their storage to the cloud. Cloud storage is a convenient way for employees to work and collaborate remotely. In many situations, third-party companies are responsible for securing cloud data. Hackers have infiltrated and stolen personally identifiable information such as social security numbers and dates of birth–causing damage to millions of lives.

Phishing Attacks Risk Data

Similarly, phishing attacks have expanded significantly over the last several years. This happens because more people are going online. In phishing attacks, phishers attempt to gather usernames, passwords, email addresses, and credit card numbers for nefarious activity.

Devices Increase Data Risks

While the other risks that we’ve addressed so far are not new, the added complication of smart devices is a new one. Technology items including the Google Home, Alexa virtual assistant, and Ring video doorbell systems are making life safer and more convenient. Unfortunately, these devices are easily hacked and can be used to steal information from owners.

Preventing Risks to Your Data and Cybersecurity

Now that we’ve taken a look at some of the biggest risks to data and cybersecurity in 2020, it’s time to take action to secure your data. The team members at Solar VPS are experts at building safe, secure, and private hosting options. Contact us today to learn more!