It may be the most wonderful time of the year filled with cheer and the holiday spirit but despite what all the holiday movies may have you believe not everyone is going to do the right thing in the end. Here are 3 simple cybersecuirty measures you can take to make sure a grinch does not ruin your family’s holiday season:
  1. Download firmware, operating system and application updates
    • Make sure you do not avoid those pesky notifications to update all your smart devices. Software updates contain invaluable security patches, protecting devices against vulnerabilities that, often, are out in the open. This might be the time you enable those auto-updates offered by many systems and apps. To go a total step above preform a complete operating system update. 
  2. Securely configure your Wi-Fi network
    • First thing to do is to configure your router as “WPA2,” which will encrypt the connections. If you do not know how to do this just Google your router’s model for the instructions on how to. Then install any and all firmware updates for the router and set a memorable network password that incorporates a mix of letters, numbers and special characters. To go the extra mile you could always go out and purchase a new router that is more secure than older routers.
  3. Strengthen all passwords
    • Lets face it we use the same 2 or 3 passwords for all the accounts we access online. It is nothing to be embarrassed about we all do things to make our lives easier. Preforming a quick change of these passwords is an easy way to make sure our accounts are kept private. Make sure the new password is hard to crack but easy for you to recall. Adding capital letters, numbers and special characters is also a good method to secure your passwords. Also, make sure you do not share this new password with anyone. If you need to write it down make sure to keep that piece of paper in a safe and secure place that most people do not have access too, this is something you do not hang on the refrigerator. To go the extra mile with your smart devices you may want to enable the 2 factor authentication feature.
These are just a few measures you can take to make sure the only visitor who visits you this holiday season is wearing a red suit.