USB drives can save a large amount of data, which can be transferred really quickly. But have you ever stopped to consider the security risks from just plugging it in?
That seemingly harmless favor that you might grant a colleague or even stranger, could be the reason your PC gets infected with dangerous viruses or malware. It’s even possible to compromise your most closely guarded online passwords – such as your internet banking credentials.
Whose device can you trust?
If you do not know and trust the device you are connecting to your computer via USB, then do not let it connect. It could potentially track any changes you make, or carry out any action that you could do all by saving information.
Found a USB? Don’t snoop!
Did you find a USB somewhere in your office building?
What about on the streets outside the office?
It is lost and the likelihood of it’s owner finding it again is minimal. Do not be tempted to find out whose device it is by plugging it in to your computer.
Even USB devices that aren’t connected to the internet can change settings on your computer and carry out actions that you would not wish them to.
You wouldn’t download a malicious document e-mailed to you, so why open a foreign object on your computer?
It could contain a virus or be a key-logger, collecting passwords, credit card information and more. A hacker may have planted it in your building for someone to find, you never know.
Watch out for your work device, as viruses can potentially access business data.
“When you connect an unknown device via USB, you are potentially trusting it as the new user of your computer.”
Keep this in mind when connecting devices via the USB ports on your computer!
So what do we recommend instead?
If you are dealing with work files, a cloud-based solution might be more suitable than using a USB.
With cloud-based technology, your data is stored securely on a File Share and Sync system. This platform allows users to access data on any device with an internet connection, using a safe login and two-factor authentication.
When you join Adaptive, you’ll be introduced to our security best practices during our on-boarding process. We are always more than happy to provide expert advice especially on security issues.
Adaptive Information Systems was founded with the mission to help businesses get the most out of their technology investments. We provide business managed IT support services in Salinas, call us today and speak with a technology specialist to learn how we can help your business.