When news aired that a Florida family endured a night of terror thanks to a hacker that gained access to their security system, the danger of weak passwords and the interconnectivity of devices became evident.
As the world is heading towards smart homes that are fully integrated thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT), a stronger focus needs to be placed on how effectively we’re securing each individual device on that network. This also extends to the apps on your devices, as well as the internet connection you’re relying on to stay online.
Update Your Devices And App Software
Updates are about more than just improving the speed of your device and reducing errors and flaws in your apps. Updates also happen to provide important patches for security updates to work effectively. Without regular updates, malware can easily find its way onto your device. It’s also important to update your phone from a data protection perspective, as cybercriminals are constantly looking at finding ways to infiltrate your emails or online profiles. It’s not only the updates for the security, anti-malware, and anti-virus that need to be updated, but also apps and operating systems as weaknesses could result in backdoors for accessing the device.
Secure Your Home Network
While you may make every effort to keep your device free from malware and viruses, linking up to networks that have a low security threshold will put all the devices on that network at risk. Home routers are often targeted by hackers as they’re usually easy to infiltrate, and once inside, a hacker has access to any device on that network. Keeping personal data safe also means preventing your personal information from getting scraped by manufacturers in order to do targeted marketing. While it can be convenient, it can also be a nuisance and lead to an information leak. Securing a network can be done by setting up a strong firewall for each device on the network, as well as the router itself. Manufacturers often recommend dual authentication methods and regular password changes to ensure that devices remain secure. Smartphones, computers, and tablets are not the only devices that need to be secured on a home network. Smart homes also include other devices such as printers, lighting, and a variety of appliances on the network. If even one of these devices aren’t secure, it can compromise the entire network.
Make Use Of A Trusted VPN
From time to time, it may be necessary to access a public network such as a school or library. The growing population of remote workers in Sarasota also means that coworking spaces and coffee shop instant offices are on the rise. One of the best ways to prevent hackers from getting access to your device is by installing a trusted VPN (Virtual Private Network). It’s not only handy for avoiding hackers but also happens to block your ISP and other tracking sites from keeping an eye on your internet usage. This is especially important for those who rely on cloud computing and internet transactions.
Devices, especially smart devices, play a big role in our lives. They allow us to control our environment with the help of IoT, and we have access to sensitive information such as financial records and personal documents on a single device.
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