We are constantly being asked by our customers how they can protect themselves against potential threats when they can’t be seen.  We live in an age of technological advances where most of our information is now held online and this includes details of our homes and financial information.

How do you stay secure whilst connected to the internet?

Follow these handy tips and surf happy

 

  1. Any internet connected devices will have passwords associated with them including routers and access points.  Ensure that all passwords are unique such as incorporating numbers and symbols and avoiding obvious passwords such as “password”, “password1” or any other default password, if any of your passwords would be easy to guess change them IMMEDIATELY!
  2. WiFi access points may allow you to “Broadcast SSID”.  This is often the default.  Since this is your personal system network, unless you really need to be broadcasting your SSID, turn off that feature.  NOTE: This means that when you want to connect a device to your WiFi network you will need to enter the SSID name into the device, but this adds another layer of security.
  3. Firewalls are essential, if you do not already have one Install a Firewall.  There are many options available however the important thing is to have one installed.
  4. DO NOT enable port forwarding on your network router unless you truly understand how to set up port forwarding securely. Unless it is setup properly behind a firewall and with intrusion detection software, port forwarding can open up your home to outside attack.
  5. Do not open e-mail that may seem to be of a personal nature from people you do not know.  Many viruses and unauthorized access into systems come from email attacks.
  6. Create passwords that are unique and hard to guess for everything you access on the web (bank accounts, school grades, security systems, etc.) Change passwords regularly and do not use names of close relatives or even family pets.
  7. Be vigilant! Ensure that adequate security is in place for all devices you ad to your network to ensure that your system is protected.
  8. If in doubt contact a security professional such as Lairds of Troon for further information and assistance.

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