Internet security: Many risks remain unnoticed

The number of devices using the Internet increases every year, and along with it, the number of security risks. A current report by IT security company McAfee counted about 1.5 million new types of smartphone threats in the first quarter of 2017. 

More and more devices are vulnerable to attacks

The "Internet of Things" describes the concept that more and more common devices are finding their way into the web, from coffee machines and refrigerators all the way to washing machines. Network-compatible TVs and a variety of web-based solutions have become the new standard, including Smart Home devices in the cloud, and streamed music and videos. Every new application is potentially vulnerable to attacks. Among other things, cyber criminals have set their sights on user data. In extreme cases, Trojans can encrypt private data on your home computer. The blackmailers, as in the cases of  "Locky" and "TeslaCrypt", demand direct payments in order to make data accessible again.

Independent body investigates security leaks worldwide

The independent non-profit organization MITRE keeps an acknowledged register of all IT security breaches worldwide. Each incident is assigned what is known as a CVE number (Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures). Currently, the manufacturers Microsoft, Oracle and Apple account for most of these numbers. Looking at specific applications, Android was the software with the most publicly acknowledged security breaches by far in 2016. The manufacturer Google is currently in sixth place.

How can you protect yourself?

Many of these threats are overlooked in the public discourse, which makes it even more important to be aware of their dangers. People who own many IT devices should ensure that all of their devices are kept up to date. FRITZ!Box assists you with its auto-update function.

You can also find other useful tips on security in the home or on the go in our security section of the Guide.