Can Hackers Infiltrate Artificial Intelligence Devices?
Hackers. The word alone can send fear down the spine of anyone who owns an internet enabled device. And for good reasons. Yet many people assume that hackers are only an issue for their business computers, desktops, laptops, and portable tablets. But can they infiltrate your Artificial Intelligence devices (like your Alexa and Ring) too?
The short answer is yes. Hackers can actually pose a major threat for your AI devices, too. As AI devices become commonplace, this can represent a major security concern.
As a result of this vulnerability, it is absolutely essential that you’re aware of how hackers can target your AI systems. It’s vital that you also know how you can protect yourself against these threats. Fortunately, as your managed service provider, we are on hand to give you the support you need to keep yourself, your business, or your family, safe from the dangers that hackers can pose.
How AI Hackers Threaten your Desktops, Laptops, and Tablets
At first glance, it might not be clear how much of a threat professional hackers can pose for your personal or business computers, desktops, laptops, and tablets. However, it is important that you never underestimate these threats. Hackers gaining hold of your personal data can be a major threat for your personal security and safety. Not to mention your bank account.
Some of the ways in which hackers threaten us include:
- Loss of personal data – one thing hackers want is your personal data. Names, addresses, telephone numbers, and emails can allow hackers to expose you to Phishing Scams. These contact details can also be easily sold to less than legitimate buyers. Even worse is if your financial details are taken by a hacker. Once that happens, the hacker, could easily transfer money from your account without your authorization or make purchases.
- Business risks – if you run a small business then you store data for your customers. A hacker getting access to this data is a massive concern. Loss of personal data could result in your business getting fined substantial amounts. No company is safe in this regard. Even giants such as Adobe, Canva, eBay, LinkedIn, MySpace, Yahoo, and Marriott have suffered recent data breaches. A staggering 3.5 billion people have already seen their personal data compromised since the year 2000. That’s almost half the world’s population.
How Hackers Hack AI Systems
We’ve looked at how hackers gain access to your personal or business computers. But they can infiltrate your Artificial Intelligence devices too. So let’s look at how they do this. The reality is there are numerous methods that hackers can use to breach systems. These vary depending on the type of AI being used.
There are two main ways in which hackers may be able to access data through AI. First, by monitoring your activities. This is similar to how personalized cookies work when you login to a website.
The second way is by gaining access to your system through weak passwords. In devices like Alexa and Siri, this will allow the hacker to listen in through your AI devices. Hackers can even access cameras if they are attached to your devices, such as Ring doorbells. The implications are, frankly, terrifying. Depending on how many “Smart”, or AI devices you have in your home, there may be no room that is safe from hackers.
How to Protect Yourself
We’ve clarified that hackers can represent a serious problem for your business or personal life. Luckily, there are a few different ways that can help you avoid getting targeted by hackers. Some of these tips include:
- Never share your personal information. This is one of the most important tips we can give to keep you safe from hackers. It’s important that you keep this in mind during all of your online activities. Never give out passwords, no matter who you think you’re talking to. And never leave it written down anywhere!
- Choose a complex password. This is a good first-step to stay safe from hackers. Ideally, you should choose – and then memorize – an automatically generated password that has no reference to your life. We know it’s not easy, but it is your safest choice.
- Keep Bluetooth turned off when not in use. If you’re not using your Bluetooth or the internet, we recommend turning them off to prevent hackers from using these connections to get access to your devices.
Hackers are a big problem in our modern society. And, yes, they can even infiltrate your artificial intelligence devices. But you can defeat them by taking preventative measures. With AI and Smart Devices becoming more common each day, hackers are finding more ways to break into your Personal life. Take every precaution to secure your accounts at every opportunity! For more advice on how your personal or business computers can make use of IT solutions to protect your data, contact us today.