The smarter and more inter-connected our phones and laptops become, the more vulnerable they are to being exploited. When your devices are constantly connected to Wi-Fi sources that may not be encrypted, it creates a whole new array of opportunities for hackers and scammers. This allows them to infiltrate your networks and exploit any personal information you might have saved on your desktop, phone, or online storage/drive service. That is why we have compiled a list of effective tips you can use to better your devices’ cybersecurity, when you are offline or online:
Use Strong Encryption For Your Wi-Fi: It is important to perceive your internet connection (in the physical case, your router) literally as a ‘front door’ that needs to be locked. When setting up or upgrading your Wi-Fi network, remember to coordinate your router settings to a strong encryption method such as WPA2. This aids in securing your network access and communication.
Improve Your Password Settings: Consider the password as the ‘lock’ to your ‘door’ (the ‘door’ is the Internet access on your devices). That is why most websites encourage you to create a complicated or “strong” password. It is best to avoid common and easily guessable words or phrases (such as “password” or “987654”). It is recommended that you use a unique and complicated set of letters, punctuations, and numbers to better your password protection.
Create an Additional Guest Network: There is no harm in keeping your Wi-Fi account private and to yourself. In order to avoid any chance of cyber exploitation, create a separate internet network for visitors and friends. This way they can logon to a different network that is not tied to your personal devices and information.
Complete the Two-Factor Authentication Process: A two-factor authentication process allows you to set up a password as well as receive a second confirmation – such as an OTP to your additional private device. This is a system that can prevent anyone from hacking into your account by gaining access to your password.
Secure Only Transactions: You can secure your online banking or shopping transactions by installing Internet Security software that can give total internet protection. It further protects from all known and future threats.
Avoid Dependency on Cloud Storage: Many of us store personal and work data on online Cloud services such as iCloud and Google Drive. No matter how well protected these online drives are with passwords, it is crucial to know that any information stored in them can be accessed by outsiders. So it is necessary to reduce your dependency on such vulnerable online spaces.
Avoid Automated Login: It is better to avoid automated login features that can save any crucial information such as your IDs or passwords. Remember to use complex passwords and locks for your devices and log off when you are done using them. This prevents outsiders from accessing and exploiting any information on them.
Do Not Share Any Information: Another risk people often face is sharing information that is sent to them for authentication – the most common being an OTP. Such data is private and is meant only for you and is not meant to be given to anyone else requesting them.
Update Your Devices: Regularly updating your devices with available firmware and security patches helps secure them against cyber threats.