Top Seven Ways to Improve Your Personal Cybersecurity

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!

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

Weak password are easy to crack within minutes. 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

You don’t need to make monthly payments to have a good security system protecting your home.  A system that you can manage yourself will cover your needs, on your own budget and with your own equipment.

7) Add security cameras

Most cameras now come with motion sensors, night vision, weatherproofing and WIFI, making it easy to view any suspicious activity around your house, immediately on your cell phone, computer or even your TV!

Other simple ways to improve your home security

  • Improve outdoor lighting
  • Reinforce windows with window security film
  • Hide your home wireless network
  • Keep positive control of all house keys
  • Secure windows and pet doors

If you have any questions, or need a free home security evaluation, contact us!

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