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What Will Smart Homes Look Like 10 Years From Now?

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Current smart home devices are primarily responsive to people’s commands, like checking the weather or playing music. But based on current trends, the IoT (Internet of Things) industry is steadily moving towards a future where smart devices will not simply follow through on requests, but anticipate and fulfill needs based on preferences and presets. For example, devices will potentially be able to predetermine things like the temperature people will want in their rooms, what antibiotics they might need, and more. 

This trajectory also means more new homes are being built with IoT technology, and researchers predict that 63 million American homes will be “smart” by 2022. With this increase in internet connectivity and automation in the home, there will also be an increase in technology’s access to personal information—leaving people’s private lives even more vulnerable to hackers. 

Gryphon Online Safety provides IoT device protection to accommodate this trajectory. Every connected device on the Gryphon network is protected 24/7. No software installs are needed on any of the devices in the home to be secure. When you’re Gryphon connected, you’re Gryphon protected. 

Portions of this content are a summary of an article published by TIME on July 25, 2019.

Learn more by reading the original article “What Will Smart Homes Look Like 10 Years From Now?” (https://time.com/5634791/smart-homes-future/) and/or visiting: https://gryphonconnect.com/internet-security/

Citibank Email Scam

Portions of this content are a summary of an article published by Fox News on January 23, 2020.

There is a new and dangerous scam hitting Citibank customers’ email inboxes in a hacker’s attempt to trick people into giving up personal data: first bank login information, then details like date of birth and social security number.

What makes this scam so believable?

First, the attackers went to elaborate efforts to make the email look like it was from Citibank. The design and content look genuine enough that there is no obvious reason for people to it give it a second thought—so they click on the link.

From there, people end up on a site where the scammers provided fields for customers to enter their information. The scammers even used standard Transport Layer Security (TLS) certificate security measures to make it look as if Citibank took steps to protect their customers’ data, when really information was being stolen.

What is Gryphon doing to help?

If you are a Citibank customer, we are protecting you and your data from this scam targeting you by blocking connections to the scammer’s URL. So if you do accidentally click on a bad link, you won’t be able to get to the site.

But this scam isn’t the only one of its kind, and we have measures in place to protect you and your family every day from people out for your data. One of these steps we take is to automatically filter out from your browser dangerous malware attempting to gather your personal information (also known as phishing).

As a best practice to avoid scams like this, we recommend you avoid clicking on email or text links from your bank, even if it looks legitimate—call them to confirm.

Learn more by reading the original article: [New scary email scam goes after your banking info.](https://www.foxnews.com/tech/new-email-scam-goes-after-banking-info)

For more about how Gryphon can protect you and your family on the internet: https://gryphonconnect.com/internet-security/

Another Ring Camera hacked to spy on an 8-year-old: What to do now

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The hackers in this case was able to hacking in this person’s Ring account by using an existing database of already exposed emails and passwords.

There are a few very simple steps to take to avoid being a victim.

1) Update your Ring password
2) Use a more complicated password with symbols and numbers
3) Don’t use the same password as another account
4) Turn on 2 factor authentication for your Ring account if you will be using Ring for sensitive areas

This content is a summary of an article published by the Tom’s Guide on December 12, 2019.

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