In a world of hacking, malicious attacks and phishing, it’s important that we all do our best to regularly review our devices and pieces of tech to make sure they’re as secure as possible. There are a few very simple ways that you can improve your tech security and protect yourself from any nasty consequences of living in the digital age.
Update/Manage Your Passwords
Regularly updating your passwords is absolutely essential to good security, especially with the spate of security breaches and data leaks that have taken place over the last few years. You never know if one of your passwords has been shared somewhere else online, so it’s best to play it safe and update them often. Long, complex passwords are the best, as they are significantly harder to break into. You should also try and use different passwords for different places, so that if one is compromised you don’t put everything on the line.
If you struggle to remember one password, never mind dozens, it can be worth looking into password management systems to store your password in one place. You only need one admin account to login to these central systems, and if you pair that with your phone number or an authentication app, your passwords will be safer than ever.
Keep Your Anti-Virus/Malware Up to Date
Updating software might seem like an annoyance and while you should make sure all your software is updated, it cannot be overstated how important it is that you keep your anti-virus/malware fully up to date at all times. Viruses and malware are ever-changing, with new iterations and variations being released all the time. By keeping your software updated you are making sure that it can properly identify and deal with new threats.
Change Your Router Password
You might have forgotten to change the default password or login key to your router, but you’re leaving yourself open to people gaining unauthorised access to your network or maliciously changing your settings. Lots of routers come with default passwords that can be as simple as “admin” or a basic string of numbers, and there is never any guarantee that this password is not in use elsewhere. Updating your password takes a few moments but makes you immediately more secure against misuse.
Be Cautious of Public Wi-Fi
When you’re getting a bit low on your data allowance public wi-fi can seem like a godsend, but you should be cautious about what you’re leaving yourself open to. Using public wi-fi can allow others to see or access your device, which can make you vulnerable even after you have disconnected. If you are going to be using public wi-fi, it is recommended that you use a VPN to protect yourself and your identity.
This is by no means a comprehensive list of how to protect your devices and stay safe online, but by sticking to these 4 pieces of advice you will help to defend yourself that bit better. Happy browsing.