October is Cyber Security Awareness Month – and what better time to ensure ghosts, goblins and ghouls aren’t finding their way into your computer network. Although 3 out of 5 consumers, according to a 2021 Norton study, believed that having an easy experience when browsing the web is more important the safety of their data and online accounts, you don’t have to put yourself at risk.
Here are a few ways to keep your personal information safe online:
- Protect your devices by keeping software updated — Updates often include security patches which help protect your devices against malware — software designed to disrupt, damage, or gain unauthorized access to a computer system. It’s also not a bad idea to install anti-virus software for added protection.
- Update your passwords and make them hard for hackers to guess — The best passwords are 12+ characters and contain a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols. And be sure to use a unique password for every website. That way if one of your accounts gets hacked, your other accounts are safer.
- Use secure Wi-Fi — Free Wi-Fi is everywhere — coffee shops, restaurants, hotels, airports, etc. But, connecting to these free, unsecured networks can make you and your data vulnerable to prying eyes and hackers. A better bet is to use your mobile hotspot or VPN (Virtual Private Network).
- Think before you click — Fraudulent links are one of the most common ways cybercriminals can gain access to sensitive information. Keep an eye out for anything suspicious, and when in doubt, don’t click!
- Keep your personal life private — Social media sites are constantly being “crawled” for personal information to serve up ads and information you’re most likely to engage with. And those with less than benign intent are watching social media sites as well, so be careful about what you post. Remember that anything published to the internet is there forever.
- Use the Command IQ app to routinely check devices connected to your network and see who’s been accessing your network. You can also reset the primary SSID or password for Wi-Fi for added security. And you can take comfort knowing you’ll be immediately alerted of primary SSID or password for Wi-Fi for added security.
Remember—it’s one thing to know how to keep yourself safe online. It’s another thing to put these tips into practice.
At Bloomer Broadband we care about keeping you and your family safe when using the internet — that’s why we provide the industry-leading managed Wi-Fi system (router) with enhanced security and automatic software upgrades. All our fiber internet packages of 500 Mbps and above come with complimentary managed Wi-Fi.
Need help ensuring your network is secure? Give us a call at 715-568-4830. We’re happy to help!