By Franklin Aguilar
When you hear the term “cybersecurity”, you probably think about government and large companies. Government and large companies handle personal information from tens of thousands (or hundreds of thousands) of people and require cybersecurity professionals to keep hackers at bay.
But a regular user is also susceptible to malicious attacks, not only to your personal and financial information but to your material assets as well.
The good news is that you don’t need to spend tons of money to protect your information and personal belongings by hiring a cybersecurity consultant. Just follow these simple steps to start.
1) Update your anti-virus
Symantec reports that more than one million computer virus threats were released EVERY DAY last year. Keeping your antivirus current will ensure it has all the data it needs to protect against all these threats.
2) Install an anti-malware program
An anti-malware program will protect your computer against different types of threats, like trackers, ransomware and unwanted programs that could compromise your privacy.
3) Protect your wifi
Make sure your router has an admin password, or change the default password. Enable WPA (WIFI Protected Access) or WPA2 encryption. Rename your home WIFI network.
4) Review devices on your home network
Almost every electronic device we buy wants to connect to the internet. Security systems, security cameras, electronic access, cell phones, garage doors, front doors, sprinkler systems, door locks, smart locks, smart door bells, lights, TVs… They all can connect to the internet! But how secure are these devices?
The reality is that any device connected to your home WIFI network could open your systems to intruders.
5) Create strong passwords
An attacker can crack your weak passwords within minutes. So create strong passwords by using regular words mixed with numbers and special characters.
Use a password manager to keep all your passwords in an encrypted database.
6) Install a security system
Your information security is only as good as the physical security of your home. If someone breaks into your home and gains physical access to your devices, then your important personal data can be compromised as well.
Prevent and mitigate break-ins with a good security system. A security system doesn’t have to be expensive. Find one you can manage yourself, with your own equipment, and avoid the monthly fees.
7) Add security cameras
Most cameras now come with motion sensors, night vision, weatherproofing and WIFI. You can easily review any suspicious activity around your house, immediately on your cell phone, computer or even your TV!
More ways to improve your security
- Hide your home wireless network
- Use separate networks for computers and internet-connected devices
- Improve outdoor lighting
- Reinforce windows with window security film
- Secure windows and pet doors
Cybersecurity isn’t just for governments and large corporations. Hackers also target the personal and financial information of everyday individuals. Yes, even you.
But you don’t have to hire a cybersecurity consultant to protect your data. Start with the simple steps in this post. Install and update your anti-virus. Follow guidelines for strong passwords. Review your home network security. Make sure your home is physically secure.
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