As technology has advanced, so too have the methods that cybercriminals use to gain access to our personal and professional information. One area that is often overlooked when it comes to cybersecurity is the humble keyboard and mouse. These devices may seem insignificant, but they can be a major security risk if not properly protected.
One of the biggest risks associated with keyboards and mice is the potential for malware to be installed on these devices. Malware, or malicious software, can be installed on a keyboard or mouse by a cybercriminal, allowing them to gain access to your computer and any sensitive information it contains. This can happen when you plug in a compromised keyboard or mouse into your device, or even when you use a shared keyboard or mouse in a public place.
Another risk associated with keyboards and mice is the potential for keyloggers to be installed. Keyloggers are a type of malware that records every keystroke made on a keyboard, allowing cybercriminals to gain access to passwords, credit card numbers, and other sensitive information. Keyloggers can be especially dangerous because they are often difficult to detect, and once installed, they can be very difficult to remove.
To protect yourself from these risks, it’s important to take a few simple steps to secure your keyboard and mouse. First, make sure that your computer has up-to-date antivirus software installed, as this can help to detect and remove malware. It’s also important to be cautious when plugging in unfamiliar devices into your computer, as this can be a common way for malware to be installed. For MacOS, be sure to set your app updates and OS patch updates to auto. However, sometimes the auto software updates don’t update. Therefore, it’s best to personally check week to week about any updates, as well as, fully shut down the computer (once a month) – as this has shown to update certain processes indirectly.
Note: If you think keyboard software is too complicated or if you think you won’t use it ever (or can live without the fancy RGB gimmicks), it’s probably best to not install keyboard or mouse software in the first place.
Another important step is to use encrypted keyboards and mice. Encrypted devices use advanced encryption technology to ensure that all information transmitted between the device and your computer is secure. This can help to prevent cybercriminals from intercepting and stealing sensitive information.
In conclusion, while keyboards and mice may seem like insignificant devices, they can be a major security risk if not properly protected. By taking a few simple steps to secure your devices, you can help to protect yourself from the potential risks associated with malware and keyloggers. Remember to keep your devices updated, be cautious when plugging in unfamiliar devices and consider using encrypted keyboards and mice for added security.