Simple Tips to Protect It - National Cyber Security Awareness Month #BeCyberSmart
Staying connected is a luxury that we all enjoy. It allows us to be entertained, shop in the comfort of our homes, keep us up to date with the latest news, automate our smart homes, and more! While it has become an essential part of our daily lives, we must remember that anytime we are connected, we put ourselves at risk of a potential cybercrime.
To “Protect It” means to secure our important data & information, as well as our digital home. With internet scams out there, such as identity theft and imposter scams, being aware of potential threats as well as knowing how to identify them will go a long way. Also, within our home network, we must know that as new devices enter our homes there is a potential risk of exposing our entire network to threats.
Simple Tips to “Protect It”
- Stay Protected While Connected – Anytime you’re online, you’re vulnerable. Extra precautions will go a long way in helping you stay safe in making sure your information doesn’t get compromised.
- Safe web surfing – Make sure the websites you visit are secure. To determine if you’re visiting a safe site, look for a closed padlock in the address bar, or a URL beginning with https:// instead of http://.
- Avoid free Internet – If possible, try to stay away from public WiFi. If you must use public WiFi, avoid activities that may contain sensitive information, such as online banking, having to login with an account and password, or entering credit card info. A safer alternative to free WiFi is a personal mobile hotspot or mobile router.
- Back up your important data – With the threat of having data stolen or even wiped clean from your devices, keeping a backup is vital. External storage and cloud storage are viable options to help keep your data secure.
- Secure your WiFi network – Cybercriminals can access all of your connected devices through your WiFi router, so make sure all default passwords and usernames are changed. Also, adding cyber security software to your network and devices can add an extra layer of protection from potential threats.
- Be up to date – Regular software updates are often rolled out to help fix issues and security patches. Keeping your software updated to the latest version will help combat any present vulnerabilities.
- Use a Strong Password – A strong password should be at least 12 characters long, with a mix of uppercase & lowercase characters, symbols, and numbers.
- Enable Two-Factor Authentication– This adds an extra step to your login process but helps prove you are the authorized user. Common methods can include fingerprint or face ID typically found on mobile phones and single-use code or authentication code to name a few.
While these tips can easily be practiced, at times, this may not be enough to ensure cyber safety. By adding an extra layer of protection with NETGEAR Armor, you’ll be able to stay safe at home and on-the-go. Armor features that help compliment these tips include:
Vulnerability Assessment – With regular scans on your network, Armor can identify and inform you about potential vulnerabilities found. This include checking for password strength and firmware version of your devices.
Safe Surfing & Dynamic URL Blocking – By actively safeguarding your network from cyber threats, Armor blocks known malicious sites and applications. This helps prevent you from clicking on known infected links before you click them.
Unlimited End Point Protection - All of your PC, Mac, mobile and smart home devices that are connected on or off your network will be protected with a single subscription.
New Device Alerts — Get instant notifications when new devices connect to your network.
IoT Device Protection — Security for every device on the network, from your smartphone to your smart thermostat.
How do you keep your information and network safe? Let us know some of the steps that you take to “Protect It”!