Technology is constantly advancing which means that your network security has to work hard to keep your information protected. However, hackers are working just as hard to counteract these security measures. Whether you have personal data stored on a home computer or important projects stored on a work computer, both are susceptible to outside attacks. BourgTech is here to help protect you against the dangers of security breaches with these preventative steps.
Step 1: Set up a wifi router
A wifi router can help protect your data by restricting access to the wifi through password encryption. You can further secure your network by designating specific IP addresses that are allowed to have access to your wifi. Without access to your wifi, hackers will have a much harder time accessing your digital information.
Step 2: Implement regular backups
It is best to make a copy of your data as a precaution in case your information is lost or stolen. Removable media, including CDs, DVDs, USB drives, and external hard drives, are all types of backups. A full backup can be implemented to protect your current data but regular backups should be completed to make sure your information is up to date. There are many types of backups and you should use at least two different types to ensure your information will still be there even if one of your backups malfunctions.
Step 3: Update software
Issues can often occur when applications are created and downloaded onto your device, leaving your device vulnerable and unprotected. Hackers create malware programmed to attack weak spots caused by bugs in a computer’s software. In an effort to prevent malware from infecting your device, you can regularly update your applications, eliminating these weak spots. Some applications can be automatically updated which can be activated in the settings of your device.
Step 4: Remove unnecessary services
When you purchase a new device, there are often several unnecessary services and applications that are pre-installed on the device. These additional applications, referred to as bloatware, can sometimes do more harm than good by leaving your computer susceptible to hackers and viruses. If you find your device has software that you don’t need, it is best to remove it as fast as possible to avoid the risk of damaging your software.
Step 5: Install a firewall
A firewall is a security measure that is designed to protect your device from harmful outside network traffic. Based on certain specifications, a firewall allows your internal network to stay secure by preventing hackers and viruses from accessing your information. Your device most likely already has some security measures, but firewalls can be added to ensure your digital assets are as safe as possible. Not every firewall is created equally so it is important to research the different types if you are considering installing one.
Step 6: Block your camera
Unfortunately, in this day and age, it is easier than ever for criminals to gain access to your sensitive information. Without the use of these protection measures, hackers are able to take control of your camera. If this happens, someone could be watching you and your family without you even knowing. Blocking your camera can be as simple as keeping a sticky note over the lens until you need to use it for a video call. Improving your network security can help protect your loved ones’ privacy and ensure their safety.
Step 7: Change passwords
People often use the same passwords for multiple applications, accounts, and platforms. This means that if a hacker identifies one password, they will likely have access to several accounts along with your personal information. If a hacker has access to the right data, they could potentially steal your identity. Using simple passwords that are easy to guess will make your private information more accessible to a hacker. This means that it is the user’s responsibility to create a protective password.
Don’t use a password that is personal to you like an anniversary, a nickname, or a family member’s birthday. Instead, use long passwords that contain a mix of random letters, numbers, and symbols. It is a good idea to change your passwords occasionally to be certain that you are the only one who sees your private information.
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BourgTech provides a resource for all your IT needs. We want to protect your sensitive data by helping you understand the impact that network security can have. We offer virus removal, backups, program installation, and other services that will make sure your data is protected. By providing home and business computer repairs, we can give you peace of mind in knowing that your family or your company’s digital information is protected.