What precautions should you take to guarantee that your internet-connected devices are secure and minimize the chances of a cyberattack falling victim to it? We stress the ways you can defend yourself as Cyber Security Awareness Month (CSAM) is upon us. The core message of the campaign this year, after all, is: “When you attach it, secure it.”
Here are the Steps for the Safety of Your Connected Devices
Secure your Wi-Fi router
When the Wi-Fi router is installed, a typical error people make is that they adhere to the default settings. It can pose a major security danger, while it is easy, so you can automatically change both the password used to connect to the router and the password used to enter its settings.
Select WPA2 (or WPA 3 on newer routers if all the gadgets will connect to it) while changing the router’s password. And don’t forget to upgrade it to the new firmware, as with all devices; while many routers do so automatically, it doesn’t hurt to search every now and then to make sure it is up-to – date.
Securely encrypt internet traffic
Encrypting your web traffic is another way to improve your web security. Through setting up a Virtual Private Network (VPN), which would act as an encrypted tunnel for your internet traffic, the easiest way that can be done is. It will also allow you to safely access data stored on your home network, in addition to protecting data from prying eyes, even though you are half a world away.
Be wise on your smart mobile
Most smartphones can now be protected with an endpoint security solution that can keep most threats at bay. Meanwhile, for added protection, you should also encrypt all the sensitive data on your phone, so you’ll make it harder for cybercriminals to make use of your data even if they worm their way into your device.
Update your devices regularly
Regularly upgrade your phone. True enough, it might not be entirely easy, or even practical, to bring this advice into effect for several connected devices. Still, as soon as they are released, any fixes, security patches, and upgrades should be implemented either to address particular bugs that may be abused by black hats if left unattended or to further improve the security of the products.
Secure your Smart TV
It is a uncommon phenomenon nowadays to see a TV that does not have smart features embedded, even although non-smart TVs do exist , people lack the usability even comfort of smart features so much that they upgrade them to external streaming platforms such as Chromecast or Roku.
However, like various other devices, smart TVs can be compromised and hijacked by cybercriminals as well. Black hats could exploit vulnerabilities to control the TV remotely, or it could be infested by malware. To protect your smart TV, you should start by properly configuring it and going through its settings in detail; while you’re at it you should check for any firmware updates as well, and last but not least there are security solutions available that can be downloaded that will boost the security of your device.