How to Use VR Headsets and AR Headsets Safely
While headsets like the Apple Vision Pro and Meta Quest 2 open doors to captivating virtual experiences, it’s crucial to be aware of the cybersecurity risks they pose. By understanding these risks and implementing appropriate security measures, you can enjoy the many benefits of VR and AR technologies while safeguarding your personal information.
Update your VR headset regularly. Software updates contain important security patches and features. It’s important to stay up to date. Cybercriminals certainly are.
Limit who can see your activity. Familiarize yourself with the privacy settings of your VR headset and adjust the default settings to control who can see when you’re online and what you’re doing.
Disable voice commands. This may be a bit of a tough sell as the voice commands can unlock so many cool features on a VR headset, but it’s worth considering. It’s a way to limit the data being collected and protects you from vishing.
Stay informed. It’s important for consumers to be proactively aware and informed of today’s online safety and cyber risks – the dangers will not be diminishing anytime soon based on the latest cybercrime trends and predictions. Staying up to date is easy, as local and national news programs regularly cover cyber and consumer safety events in their segments. We also recommend that you make it a habit to visit and follow GetCyberSafe.ca or the National Cyber Security Alliance resources page to stay informed about online safety trends and threats.
Prioritize good cyber security. Practice regular password hygiene, set up multi-factor authentication (MFA) and minimize sharing personal information online. For example, if you hit social media to post a photo of the new VR headset you got for your birthday, you’re giving cyber criminals some juicy information. They’ll not only know your birthdate, but they’ll be aware of a fun new device they can exploit to learn more (about you). Install high quality anti-virus on all your devices and always keep it up to date.
Use a VPN. A virtual private network (VPN) helps protect your privacy when you’re connected to the internet by hiding your location and IP address.
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