Thursday, 1 June 2017

How to Stay Safe with Internet When Working from Home

No matter how much we use the internet, and the integral role it plays in our daily lives, it can definitely still be a scary place at times, especially if you aren’t vigilant about keeping yourself safe.

While most of us use our home broadband for standard things like binge-watching our favourite shows or endlessly browsing social media, we can still leave ourselves open to becoming the victims of malware, hacking, or in the worst case, identity theft. With figures showing every single day there are over 350,000 malicious programmes created by cybercriminals, and an incredible 910 million pieces in total of malware out in the virtual world, you can really never be too careful.

The reality is that if you do not take the correct steps when browsing the internet, either at home or away, you can leave yourself vulnerable to endless virtual threats. With constant dangers popping up daily, it is vital that you know how to stay safe while browsing the internet at home by taking all the correct steps.

Change Your Router Username and Password

As you will know, when you sing up for a new broadband deal, your internet service provider will send you a brand new router for you to access the internet. In the case of wireless routers – which is what most households use these days – you will receive a username and password to set-up and use your new connection.

While this often gives users a sense of security, the reality is that these seemingly randomly generated credentials often follow a template created by the service provider, making it far too easy for cybercriminals to decode them. In order to do away with this issue, you should immediately change both the name of your router, as well as the password needed to access it, to something far more unique, using the current best practices recommended for creating a password.

Create a New Network Name

While changing your username and password for your router is a good first step in securing your home broadband connection, there are still other things you can do to improve its security. As you will notice, broadband connections all come with a standard network name, often the name of the service provider or router manufacturer, followed by a combination of numbers and letters.

For you, this makes it easy to find which network to connect to, for cybercriminals it gives them invaluable information as it tells them exactly what brand of router you are using. That information makes it far easier to hack the network as each brand of router will have its own weaknesses to exploit. Of course, if you change the network name to something entirely random, then no one will be the wiser as to the make or model of the device you are using, adding an extra layer of security to your home broadband connection.

Don’t Forget to Enable Your Network Firewall

Firewalls do come as standard with most home broadband routers but in certain cases, you will still need to check the settings to ensure that this is actually enabled. Along with this, it also doesn’t hurt to add an additional firewall to your network, as you can never bee too safe when it comes to protecting yourself from hackers.

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