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Cybersecurity for the Home

Cybersecurity for the Home

Think cybersecurity is only for the workplace?

Cybersecurity for the home is also essential.

The bad guys are targeting your home and family as well. And now that many workers are remoting into their employer’s network for some or all of their work week, there’s been a surge of attacks.

Attacks during the pandemic have included bogus sign-in pages for popular video conferencing software, malicious emails purportedly coming from company executives, fake requests from the IT support team asking users to download updates or software, and more.

It’s imperative workers remain as vigilant as they are in the workplace. Here are eight ways to defend yourself from cyberattacks.

1. Be vigilant

The first step to security is awareness of the threats. Have at least a basic understanding of the various ways cyber criminals attack people and computers. Without this knowledge, it will make it easier for you to fall for cyber schemes.

2. Change your Wi-Fi default password

Don’t forget to change the default admin password on your Wi-Fi router. Make it strong, just like you would for your normal accounts.

3. Keep track of all devices connecting to your network

It seems like everything connects to the Internet now. Game systems, refrigerators, baby monitors, TVs, and other devices utilize your network. As such, you should also keep the accounts related to these devices as secure as possible. Keep those passwords strong!

4. Just say no to recycled passwords

Chances are you have more accounts and passwords now than you had just several years ago. Don’t be tempted to use the same (or similar) passwords across multiple accounts. If a hacker breaks into one and you’ve recycled the password, you’ve enabled them to wreak even more havoc.

5. Update ’em!

Don’t ignore notices for software or firmware updates. There’s usually a very good reason for these. Oftentimes, these address recently discovered vulnerabilities. Not updating could potentially leave a “window” open for cyber criminals to exploit.

6. Think before you click

We’ve said it numerous times before, and we’ll say it again. Think before clicking on something. This is especially true when you’re distracted. With elevate