New Device Protections Tips for Security During Holiday Season

Behold the hot new tech hitting shelves this holiday season and ways to secure yours. You may find value in Norton’s brand new guide on the most-anticipated tech gifts of the 2020 holiday season and how to secure these new gadgets via their security features (for instance, by adjusting location services to limit which apps track you and when).


Spoiler alert: IoT devices are topping holiday wishlists, and consumers are shopping online more than ever:

  • 58% on computers
  • 43% on phones
  • 22% on tablets

The Most Anticipated Gifts: IoT Devices

  • STEM Toys: 26% of adults plan to purchase connected devices that foster learning
  • Smart Homes: Home automation revenue is expected to grow 40% through 2021
  • Video Games: 40% of holiday shoppers intend to buy games, including video games

What is Device Security?

Device security applies to every electronic or piece of tech your own. It refers to the measures you take to protect your personal data and online privacy on those devices.

Holiday Tech by the Numbers

What we’re hoping for and how we’re purchasing in 2020. The Tech at the Top of Wish Lists:

  1. Smartphones
  2. Laptops
  3. Video Game Consoles
  4. TVs
  5. Wearables

2020 Shopping Patterns

  • $135 billion is how much US consumers are expected to spend on tech
  • 44% of holiday shoppers will show online
  • $139 is how much, on average, holiday shoppers will spend on electronics


Security Features to Know

Consider the following risks and remedies as you walk through these device settings.

Location Tracking

  • The Risk: Oversharing your location with apps
  • The Fix: Adjust location services to limit which apps track you and when

Voice Command

  • The Risk: Letting your device listen too often
  • The Fix: Be diligent about muting IoT devices when not in use

Auto Join

  • The Risk: Public Wi-Fi and others lurking on it
  • The Fix: Disable your auto-join feature in public settings

Software Updates

  • The Risk: Outdated software means your data isn’t utmost protected
  • The Fix: Enable automatic software updates


Security Best Practices

Follow these steps to set yourself – and your new devices – up for cyber-safety success.

Install:

  • Antivirus Softwares
  • VPN
  • Password Manager

Understand:

  • Software Updates
  • App Permission
  • Privacy Policies

Use Strong:

  • Routers
  • Passwords
  • Wi-Fi Connections

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Published by Emma Watson

, an Information Technology Engineer By qualification who loves to write about Windows, macOS and technical solutions for various error and problems. Coming from a solid background in PC building and software development, with complete expertise in touch-based devices, I am constantly keeping an eye out for the latest and greatest!