Now more than ever making sure your home is cyber secure is essential. We have put together this short blog to enable you and your team members to make sure that you are still maintaining a secure working environment wherever that may be.

Securing your WIFI Network- the first step and arguably most important step.

  • Change your default password on your router

If you are unsure how to do this, simply google ‘how to change my router password’ and add in the name of your internet provider, for example BT or Utility Warehouse.

  • Change the default password on your Wi-Fi

If you are unsure use the same instructions as above. Google is a fantastic tool that provides step by step instructions for small technical tasks.

  • Change your SSID

You can find a set of instructions on how to do this online. But if you are really getting stuck you can give one of our technical team a call to guide you through it.

Remember to ensure that all these three changes are not traceable back to your home or work. Create random and secure passwords. Not your dog’s name and the year your first born arrived. 

  • Configure your wireless network to use the strongest form of encryption.

Most wireless access points (APs) come with the ability to enable one of three wireless encryption standards: Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP), Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) or WPA2.

WPA2 is the best encryption standard and how you should be setting your home internet. If this is not available then revert to WPA as the next best option. Again you can google the directions for this based on your router and internet provider. 

Secure the Devices that operate on your Network

Think carefully about what is now connected to the internet. At first thought you may just think about your phone or laptop. But think about what else requires a wireless connection, your TV, baby monitors, security cameras, iPads, kids tablets.

Make sure that these devices are using strong and unique passwords. You may want to consider using a secure password manager to do this is if you have multiple devices across your home. We recommend LastPass.

Enable auto-updates on your devices, or set aside time to regularly check for updates. Bugs in old versions of your applications or software are often your biggest security risk and a hackers access to your device and information. 

A simple one that you may not have thought about is checking that your firewalls and anti-virus software are active and up to date across all your devices too! 

Regularly make backups of your information

Without your trusty IT team on hand you don’t want to lose any vital work that you have spent hours on. It is likely that you are working on remote systems that are still being backed up by your IT provider or cloud host, but, make sure this is the case as you do not want to be caught out. If in any doubt, get yourself some cloud storage or a hard drive. 

Most importantly!

Remember to use common sense. When we are at home it is far easier to be caught off guard. Perhaps an email comes through that looks like it’s from a colleague with some work for you, would they usually email you with this kind of attachment? Be extra vigilant with the emails you open and the links you click. Now is the time when hackers will ramp up their efforts as you become more vulnerable.

If you have any concerns about security for yourself or your team members then please do not hesitate to call us on 01524 813 003. We are Like Computing, based in Lancaster, Cyber Security experts for small business in the North West.

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