The coronavirus pandemic has altered the working landscape for millions of people the world over. In the United States, nearly half the U.S. labor force (42 percent) is operating remotely. These numbers are likely to go up as cases continue to rise and offices remain shut indefinitely.
This moment is unprecedented in the history of the country as we now have more devices connected than ever before. This presents a very grave concern for business owners – the need to secure each device that’s connecting to their work network. Here are five steps you can take that will assist in securing devices you use for personal and professional use.
1. Use encryption for your Wi-Fi
How can you prevent unauthorized access to your home network? The first step involves encrypting your Wi-Fi. This simply means any information that’s being transmitted through your router will be changed into a code that’s not easy to decrypt. It’s advisable to also change your router name, default passwords, and associated usernames.
2. Separate personal and professional networks
The next step in securing devices can be done by creating a guest network on your Wi-Fi network. This allows you to effectively maintain a private Wi-Fi account. Guests in your home can make use of this separate network (that’s not linked to your other IoT devices) without security compromise. Additionally, it makes it easier to keep your personal and professional digital lives separate.
3. Disable unwanted manufacturer features
What if we told you that the default settings programmed by router manufacturers can give them access to your information? Many people are not aware of this. It is for this reason that it is highly recommended that you disable any features that grant remote access of the router to the manufacturer.
4. Ensure software patches are done routinely
Regardless of which operating system you have, routine software updating is a must. Microsoft is the second biggest operating system in the world after Android and also one of the most targeted by cybercriminals. There is a lot of malware that’s specifically engineered to disrupt systems running Microsoft Windows such as Ryuk malware and the notorious WannaCry ransomware so eliminating vulnerabilities and patching up is key to securing devices.
5. Audit devices on your home network
It’s not uncommon to find unknown devices connected onto your home network and accessing your Wi-Fi especially if you live in a communal space. For this reason, one should always do a regular audit of IoT devices that are connected to your home network.
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