Keeping your home secure from unwanted cyber vulnerabilities or attacks is essential in today’s interconnected world. The current rate of international (and national) cyber crime is growing at an alarming rate. Here at Cyberfort we’ve compiled a list of 10 key steps you should take today to keep you and your family cyber secure. Stay up to date. Stay safe.
1. Secure your Wifi network
This is one of the most important things you can do to protect your home from cyber threats. Make sure your network is hidden from the public you should also consider using a firewall to add an extra layer of security. Change the default name and password of your Wi-Fi router.
2. Update your devices
Regularly update the software and firmware of all your devices, including your computers, smartphones, smart TVs, smart home devices (cameras, door cameras and thermostats) and routers. Manufacturers often release updates that patch security vulnerabilities, so keeping your devices up to date is crucial. Disable unnecessary features and only enable remote access if required.
3. Use strong and unique passwords
We may be stating the obvious but avoid using easily guessable passwords. Choose one that is strong and unique which includes a complex combination of letters, numbers, and special characters. Enable network encryption (WPA2 or WPA3) to protect your Wi-Fi signals from unauthorized access. Consider using a password manager to securely store and manage your passwords.
4. Enable two factor authentication (2FA)
Enable 2FA whenever possible for your online accounts. This adds an extra layer of security by requiring a second verification step, such as a code sent to your phone, in addition to your password.
5. Be cautious with email and online communications
Do you know your junk from your phishing? Phishing emails and malicious links are a common way for hackers to gain access to your devices. Be wary of suspicious emails, attachments, or links, especially from unknown senders. Avoid clicking on links or downloading attachments from untrusted sources. Verify the authenticity of emails or requests that ask for personal information.
6. Use a firewall and anti virus software
A firewall can help protect your network from unauthorized access, while antivirus software can scan your devices for malware and other threats.
7. Create a guest network
If your Wi-Fi router supports it, create a separate guest network for visitors. This network should have a different password and limited access to your home devices and shared files.
8. Regularly back up your data
Create regular backups of your important files and data. Use external hard drives, cloud storage, or a combination of both. In the event of a cyberattack or data loss, backups can help you restore your information.
9. Educate yourself and your family
Make sure everyone in your household knows about the importance of cyber security and how to protect themselves online. Teach your family members about online safety, including the importance of strong passwords, avoiding suspicious links, and not sharing personal information with unknown sources. Talk to your kids about online safety and teach them about the dangers of cyberbullying.
10. Be aware of the latest cyber threats
Stay up-to-date on the latest cyber threats so you can take steps to protect yourself. You can find information about cyber threats from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and other security organisations
By implementing these measures, you can significantly improve the cybersecurity of your home and protect your sensitive information from unauthorized access or cyberattacks. Looking to make your organisation cyber secure? Contact our world leading team to find out more.