In this increasingly wireless world, the steps households should take in terms of cybersecurity have changed. Most homes now run networks of devices linked to the internet, including computers, gaming systems, TVs, tablets, and smartphones that access wireless networks. Having the right tools in place will instill confidence that your family members can use the internet safely and securely for personal and work-related endeavors.
Here are three steps households can take to better protect themselves against cyberattacks:
Secure your wireless router: Using a wireless router is a convenient way to allow multiple devices to connect to the internet in your home. However, unless your router is secure, you risk the possibility of individuals accessing information on your computer, and worse, using your network to commit cybercrimes. A simple way to secure this piece of hardware is by changing the name and default password of your router to words or phrases that aren’t easily guessed.
Install firewalls and security software on all devices: Firewalls help keep hackers from using your device and accessing personal information. They guard and watch for attempts to access your system while blocking communications with sources you don’t permit. Make sure all devices that are connected to the wireless network also have security software systems installed and are updated.
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. 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.