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Unhackable Holiday Gifts with Intel Security

We've partnered with Intel Security to share how to keep your devices safe, however all opinions are my own.

Unhackable Holiday Gifts with Intel Security

Security as part of a gift guide? Sounds a little strange, right? Well it is the season for new electronic toys so that means this Christmas, everyone in my family will be receiving some sort of new electronic and frankly the last thing on my mind is security.

I worry about security on my laptop but did you know that you need to “protect yourself against cyber scrooges and keep your new toys in tip-top shape by making them practically unhackable?” Intel can definitely help you out.  Let's chat a little about each gift that might be making its way into your home this year.

Here are some guidelines on what to do right after you open that fabulous gift.

Laptops and PC's

Laptops & PC’s are in pretty much every home and clearly the standard for family computing. Cybercriminals love to target your computers with viruses, malware, ransomware and phishing scams which are no match for world-class digital security

  • Install security software as soon as you boot your new computer up for the first time.
  • McAFee protects all your devices from the latest online threats.
  • Back up those files on a regular basis so you don't lose anything.

Mobile Devices & Smartphones

We are seemingly connected to our mobile devices these days but they still have sensitive data on them that we don't want hackers getting.

  • Use a passcode or fingerprint or facial recognition. This makes it impossible to use your phone if stolen.
  • Download software updates as soon as they are available. They often include security fixes and latest cool features.
  • Add the free McAfee® Mobile Security  on your phone because it provides anti-virus, anti-theft, and privacy protection for Android devices. Plus, get added battery boosting features for Android devices.

Home IoT Devices & Home IoT (Internet of Things)

Everything is connected in my home these days. I can connect to my fridge, thermostat, home security and other things from anywhere in the world on my mobile. Leaving these items unprotected gives hackers another way to enter your home.

  • Buy IoT devices from those with a positive safety record and proactive attitude towards security.
  • Activate the security settings of your device and change the default password.
  • Always keep the manufacturer’s software updated to stay informed of what is going on in the IoT space with regards to security and privacy.

Drones

Everyone wants a drone for Christmas. Or is that just me? Drones are so popular which makes them a target for hackers as well. Drones are flown using a computer, cellphone or laptop which means that you can get malware.

  • Start your piloting career off right by reading and following all manufacturer’s instructions. Register your drone, and read the latest FAA guidelines on drone piloting.
  • Choose remote locations when possible. If flying in a neighborhood, be courteous to your neighbors by staying far from their homes.
  • Look for drones that use encrypted communications and strong authentication.

Enter the Island of Hackable Toys Sweepstakes

What’re you getting this holiday? It could be a trip to Iceland! Enter your email on the Intel page for your chance to win. Once complete, we’ll send you a unique link to share. Share it using #sweepstakes and for everyone who enters through your link, you’ll receive additional entries! Revisit this page and enter your email below to see how many additional entries you’ve earned.

Grand Prize: Trip to Iceland for two

Includes two-way coach class air transportation for two (2) from Icelandair's U.S. gateway city nearest to winner's home; round-trip ground transportation between gateway-area airport and hotel; hotel accommodations (one room, double occupancy) for two (6) nights in Reykjavik excluding tips and taxes; round-trip transfers between Keflavik airport and hotel.

First Prize (5 Winners)

Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro Tablet and McAfee LiveSafe 1-year Subscription

Approximate retail value (“ARV”) is between US $6,500 – $7,500. Secondary Prizes (5) – o Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro tablet o McAfee LiveSafe (1 year subscription) US Only.

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16 Comments Leave a Comment »

  1. Security is so important and i think it slips our mind most of the time. I would actually love this as a gift because getting hacked is not joke!

  2. That is 100% pure awesome! Hackers are getting worse and worse these days, and now they’re even getting into our mobile devices. I need to get this Mobile MacAfee.

  3. Security is so important, especially for those of us who use our laptop or other smart device daily. Hackers are getting smarter and smarter and i personally will pay a good price to stay protected.

  4. Pam Wattenbarger

    I use a passcode and TouchId on my phone. I don’t want any of my stuff hacked or easily used by thieves.

  5. Kristi

    Would love a drone… I’ve seen some great photos taken with them but security is a huge concern but you gave some great info.

  6. There is some great gift information here.

    Electronic device security is an important issue.

  7. It’s great to know that Intel cares about keeping us protected. That sweepstakes sounds amazing too!

  8. I think it’s a good time to upgrade the tech at home. It’s definitely important to take precautions and make sure your devices are secure!

  9. Meagan

    This is really awesome. That giveaway looks pretty sweet too.

  10. Love that you shared this! Internet security is really a big deal! I don’t want to risk anything for that. Thanks for sharing this!

  11. Ourfamilyworld

    Thank you for sharing this. For me, security is very important so it’s about time for me to have my gadgets a security to protect from hackers.

  12. This is an extremely relevant post for me. I am giving two of my kids a laptop for Christmas this year.

  13. I definitely want a drone! That would be epic for my travel adventures. Also awesome giveaway to Iceland!

  14. There’s nothing like keeping your gadgets, especially your computer safe! I think this is an important program to have!

  15. I’ve heard from our work’s security department about how much people are hacked. It’s honestly a bit scary  how real the threat is. 

  16. Christina Aliperti

    I love that these are unhackable because that’s a big concern these days. On another note, I want a drone so bad!!

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