The most hackable holiday gifts [Infographic]

With the holiday season fast approaching, consumers should be careful about what tech gifts they might be unwrapping.

Intel Security has released an infographic of the “Most Hackable Holiday Gifts” to help ensure Canadians stay secure while enjoying their new gadgets.


The most hackable holiday gifts are:

  • Smartwatches and Fitness Trackers
  • Smartphones and Tablets
  • Drones and Camera-Enabled Devices
  • Kids Gadgets

In a corresponding blog post, Intel Security’s Chief Consumer Security Evangelist, Gary Davis, explained that cyber-criminals can compromise many popular tech gadgets.

He said it’s important for consumers to change the default password on devices, update their software, and be careful what networks they connect to.

Wearable devices could also provide an easy entry point for hackers to connect to your other devices. This makes it important to turn off Bluetooth when it’s not needed, and additionally important to protect more essential devices (like your smartphone, tablet or laptop) by installing security software on them, according to Davis.

For more tips of staying safe from hackers this holiday season, see the infographic below.

INTEL SECURITY- Hackable Holiday Gifts 2015


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As a journalist, I delve into topics where technology and society collide. I’ve written for Canadian newspaper The National Post, and posted more than 3,000 articles on technology related to the Internet as a staff writer for trade publication the Web Host Industry Review. And I host and produce a podcast called Techish.

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