Summary: This 3-minute article explores the cyber security required to use Apple devices in the workplace safely. Learn about Apple’s security and how to secure iOS privacy for Apple devices at your business. Contact DIGIGUARD CYBER SECURITY at 833-33-CYBER (833-332-9237) or visit www.DIGIGUARDsecurity.com for a cyber risk analysis and to discuss the overall security of your business’s computer system.
Over the past few decades, Apple device users have become lulled into a false sense of cyber security. Because Windows-based PCs have historically faced more virus and malware attacks, many Mac and iPhone users incorrectly feel immune to cybercrimes. But cybercriminals don’t play favorites. In our “Internet of Things” or IoT, every new connected device is a target endpoint through which cyberattacks can be launched. As a result, any connected device on any platform is at risk.
SMBs are particularly vulnerable. Many don’t have sufficient cyber security budgets, and owners wrongly believe they’re too small for hackers to bother with. Because of that misconception, cybercriminals see SMBs as the “low-hanging fruit” ripe for an attack. Unfortunately, no connected device is completely secure on the internet, and business owners must be aware of all the possible threats.
Whenever you are browsing the web without protections in place, your IP address and DNS data can be seen by your network provider and any websites you visit. Over time, the data can be used to record your browsing history. Apple now offers the option to enable their iCloud Private Relay to hide this data from nefarious cybercriminals. So far, this feature can only be enabled using Safari as your browser. When in iCloud Private mode, your data is encrypted, and you receive a temporary IP address every time you visit a website. Thus, tracking your web activity and hijacking your data becomes much more difficult for hackers and offers another robust layer of cyber threat protection.
The FBI (https://www.fbi.gov/ news/ press-releases/ director-wray-speaks-with-government -and-private-sector- leaders-at-world-economic-forum) takes online privacy very seriously and devotes significant time and research to protecting corporate and individual online privacy. FBI Director Wray addressed data privacy at the World Economic Forum. As online security issues affect every connected user worldwide, working and cooperating with other countries is essential to robust cyber threat protection.
Unfortunately, there are no “one-and-done” solutions for protecting private data on any connected devices. Apple’s commitment to device security will continue to enhance the cyber protection built into Apple devices. However, today’s SMB cyber security requires many layers of protection to ensure the privacy of your business data. Many of the solutions are beyond the knowledge of an average user. SMBs that cannot afford a full-time IT staffer should employ IT experts to install robust layers of protection and help analyze and monitor their business for potential cyberattacks.