TULSA — Iran can't match the United States in a head-to-head military confrontation, so it's expected to attack using other methods, and everyone who uses the Internet could potentially be at risk.
US Senator James Lankford (R-Okla) held a conference call earlier in the week with leaders from across the state to stress the urgency of protecting homes, businesses, even governmental agencies from possible attacks.
His office tweeted out some alarming statistics Friday.
Iran's not the only threat.
The US Army recently issued a ban on the popular social media app “Tik Tok,” barring its installation on any government-owned or issued devices.
The use of the app is also strongly discouraged by any military members, even on their own devices.
The reason: The app was developed and issued by a Chinese company believed to have close ties with its government.
Chris Carter is CEO of Approyo, a company which manages SAP solutions for hundreds of clients in the US and abroad.
He echoes Sen. Lankford's concerns, and urges businesses of all sizes to have a thorough check of security protocols conducted.
“Get an organization, and we recommend several organizations, to come in there and to a top-to-bottom security assessment of your organization - from your laptops, to your handhelds, to your servers, to your network, to your ports.”
Home users, he says, should connect to the Internet through a virtual private network (VPN), and change their passwords weekly.
He also advises that people update, and regularly run, security software to scan for viruses and malware.
It's also wise to avoid clicking on links contained in text messages or emails