Cybersecurity at Home

Between technological devices being introduced and updated rapidly and employees continuing to embrace working from home in some capacity, everyone has an ethical responsibility to actively minimize the risks of breaches and attacks inside their homes. Taking these simple, proactive steps can help keep your family, friends, and yourself safe from cyber criminals inside your household and should no longer be viewed as optional but rather a necessity.

Secure Your Wireless Router

Using a wireless router is an increasingly convenient way to allow multiple devices to connect to the internet from different areas of your home. However, unless your router is secure, you risk the possibility of individuals accessing the information on your computer or, worse, using your network to commit cybercrimes. All wireless devices using this router are vulnerable if your router is not protected.

Some simple ways to secure this piece of hardware include changing the name of your router. The manufacturer typically assigns the default ID, so changing your router to a unique name is a simple way to protect your router. Another important step is changing the preset passphrase on your router. Leaving the default password in place makes it easier for hackers to access your network. In fact, according to  NCA’s 2021 Oh Behave! Report, only 43% of participants reported creating long and unique passwords for their online accounts “very often” or “always”. Additionally, almost a third (28%) stated that they didn’t do this at all. Embracing unique and strong passwords is a huge and simple step to securing your home from all types of cyber threats.

Install Firewalls and Security Softwares On All Devices

Firewalls are essential because they help keep hackers from using your device, which could result in your personal information being sent out without your permission. They guard and watch for attempts to access your system while blocking communications with sources you don’t permit. Installing a firewall on wireless routers is a necessity. Ensure all devices connected to the wireless network have security software systems installed and updated. Many of these gadgets have automatic update features, so households should make sure they are on for all available technology. The most up-to-date security software, web browsers, and operating systems are the best defense against online threats such as viruses and malware.

Back-Up All Household Data

While steps can be taken to avoid your network, devices, and accounts being hacked or compromised, they can never be 100% effective. Households need to embrace backing up data, especially as it relates to important information. Users can protect their valuable work, photos, and other digital information by making electronic copies of important files and storing them safely. This can be done using cloud software in addition to manual storing devices like USBs. Storing data in an alternative safe and secure location provides another layer of protection.

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Article ID: 142159
Created
Tue 9/27/22 10:32 AM
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Tue 8/1/23 4:02 PM