Security awareness

When Lifestyle Choices Join Cyberspace

February 7, 2018 by Jackie Young

In 2016, 89 massive cyber attacks took place where over 110 million people became victims of personal information hacks. So, how can we be sure our addresses are safe and that our families are not threatened by what we put on display? How can we ensure our appliances are not the ones broadcasting our information across multiple platforms?

Wi-Fi stands central when it comes to making any decisions in our 21st century lives and it has become the driving force behind how we run our day-to-day schedules. Therefore, and quite naturally, it makes sense for consumers to be concerned about the security of their networks and to wonder how they can ensure secure setups of the networks they connect to most.

Scheduling Your Online Life

Wi-Fi based applications are taking over the consumer market due to an increased number of products now being digitized. Everything from smart houses which allows a pre-installed Wi-Fi device to feed your dog or switch off lights where no one is in the room to cellular phones which are now able to connect to smart televisions through a Wi-Fi network. We allow networks to schedule and run even our chores. Productive applications through products like Wi-Fi thermostats improve savings on heating and are considered stress free.

Basics We Can Control

We often completely overlook the simplest of ways we can protect how we share information and onto which networks our information gets leaked. Small techniques, like setting up passwords on our routers and enabling various firewalls, go a longer way than most people would think. You need extensive knowledge of computer programming to break through these security methods and not many of us will have neighbors who are skilled in the art of hacking.

Learning Empowerment

Although it might seem tedious, it is crucial to educate yourself on what your router can do and how you can prevent it from opening up your household to the world. For example, most people who purchase Wi-Fi devices have no idea what the difference between WPA and WPA2 or Wi-Fi protected access is and how it might impact their security.

However, with the right security measures in place consumers can get the most out of their smart devices and Wi-Fi enabled appliances. Knowledge of how networks function is key to understanding security.

Posted: February 7, 2018
Jackie Young
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