- At the end of 2013, the most common passwords will remain the same. “password” will remain the mostly used password. It’s been on the top of the list since man created the concept of passwords, and we will keep on using it till man creates an alternate concept. It was still number 1 in 2012, and it will remain number 1 in 2013. For a list of the top 25 common passwords check http://gizmodo.com/5954372/the-25-most-popular-passwords-of-2012 . If yours is on the list, PAAALLLEEAASSSSEEE change it NOW!
- Smart phones will be at more risk as we keep on integrating them into our lives. We will continue hearing horror stories of how insecure they are, how easy it is to hack into them, but will keep on using them more and more.
- Apple will be under major security attacks, especially over their iOS. Hackers search for large markets, and Apple suits that bill perfectly. (Remember when everyone said Firefox was so secure no-one can attack it???)
- Anonymous and other hacktivists (hackers with a cause) will occupy the headlines even more this year. More hacktivists will be caught and coordinate with police to catch other hacktivists to rescue their own lives. (Lesson to be learnt: Do NOT trust anyone over the internet)
- We will hear more of cyber war, yet it will remain a “taboo” concept. It’s just a conspiracy theory most people will say… Until some major incident becomes public.
- Bring your own device (BYOD) to work will be the next major risk for companies. Balancing between company provided phones vs. the employees own phone will be a major challenge.
- Finally, the cloud (the use of computing resources (hardware and software) that are delivered as a service over a network (typically the Internet)) will face some major setbacks, with very well-known companies being attacked. This will only help in strengthening the cloud as the future of computing.
Those were my security predictions for the year 2013. Any feedback is well appreciated in the below comments section.