Most of us spend a great deal of our time at home browsing the Internet. Some of us prefer to do it on desktops, others enjoy mobile solutions such as laptops, smartphones and tablets. Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about the ones who prefer some of the more “layback and enjoy” options, such as browsing the web on smart TVs and gaming consoles.
But browsing from home doesn’t make you safe from cyber criminals. You are still a viable target for the cyber punks who want to squeeze more money out of your pockets by encrypting your data and stealing your credit card info and login credentials. This is why you need to take these 5 precautionary steps to enjoy safe browsing from the comfort of your home.
Secure your WiFi
If you are not tuned into the latest developments in the IT security world, we won’t hold it against you. But you should know that, just couple of months ago, the WPA2 WiFi network vulnerability was discovered. It was named KRACK, and it allows anyone to take full control over your network and see exactly what you do online, as well as sniff out your passwords and credit card information.
This is why you should visit your router manufacturer’s website and download the latest firmware for your home router. Although, it may sound too techy, it really is not. New firmware installations are done in a “Next>Next>Next>Finish” fashion, so that everyone can keep their routers updated.
Keep all Of Your Devices Updated
Every device connected to the Internet via your home network is a potential security threat to you entire home system. Both software and hardware companies are working hard to patch the known bugs and backdoors. It is on you to keep your devices updated.
With the latest Windows, iOS, Mac OS, Linux and Android systems, updating can be set on autopilot. In just few minutes, you will be able to set all your devices to automatically check for updates and update whenever they are connected to the Internet.
Install a Firewall
You should look at the firewall as the first line of defense against cyber threats. You should install a firewall on both your laptop and desktop computers. Now, you may think that it is expensive to do so. But let us assure you that there are perfect free home firewall solutions to pick from.
The installation process is as simple as downloading it and choosing your preferred settings during the installation. Don’t forget that it needs to be occasionally updated as well. Fortunately, all the most popular free firewall solutions will scream “Update me!” whenever the new version is available.
Do Regular Antivirus Scans
What do you mean by “do regular antivirus scans” when I don’t even have one installed? Please, pick one of the best free antivirus softwares ranked by PC Mag, and install it this very moment. Yes, on all your devices, especially the ones that you bring outside and use online via public networks.
Ok, now that you have an antivirus on your devices, make sure to schedule regular scans of your system. Antivirus in combination with firewall will help you stay protected in real-time. If you come home with an infected device, your antivirus and firewall will stop the spread and give you time to clear your infected device.
Stay Away from Shady Websites
Shady websites are the primary source of the malicious software plague in the digital age. Fortunately for you, Google now notifies you that you are about to leave the waters of safe browsing and venture into the unknown. Don’t do it.
Stay on the “https” side of the Internet, no matter how promising the content on the dark side is, not even if they are promising free cookies. Down the line, your bank account will thank you for doing so.
There you go. These 5 steps will enable you to have a great experience online without exposing yourself overly to cyber threats. Remember, there is no ultimate cyber security solution. This is why you have to diversify your effort in order to minimize the risk of getting hacked.