Securing your Smart Home and Home Office

We have all read and heard about cyber-threats to computers, email accounts, cameras, smart phones, online accounts, etc.  Threats can come in many shapes and forms and bad actors are getting more sophisticated in their techniques.  At the same time our lives are as dependent as ever on being online and connected.  You need to do what you can to prepare your home and home office and take measures to help defend yourself and alert you if there is something nefarious afoot.

While there are no guarantees and of course the threats are in constant evolution, there are some basic first steps you can take to protect your home and home office.  Here are our recommended 7 basic steps to home cyber security:

  1. Maintain Awareness – Threats are constantly evolving, staying attune to the latest email scam, device vulnerability, or software glitch will help you recognize when something doesn’t look right.
  2. Deploying monitoring systems – There are several tools that help monitor activity on your network and alert you when there is unexpected network traffic.
  3. Default Settings – Change default settings on your home router and devices; also utilizing and configuring firewalls to identify and prevent threats will provide a good initial layer of protection.
  4. Software Updates – In general when you get that notice to update the OS on your phone or firmware on your device, you should.  These updates often are fixing vulnerabilities that have been identified.  Also, while you’re at it periodically clean out old applications that are possible security holes.  There are tools we recommend that assist in this effort.
  5. Manufacturers Security Reputation – Pay attention to the reputation and the emphasis that a product vender has regarding their products.  If all they emphasize is ease of use, design and price, consider the competitor that includes an emphasis on securing their stuff.  We do this with our research and are always happy to share our point of view.
  6. Management Systems – Implementing identity management solutions such as password management tools and multi-factor authentication throughout your home and office network and applications will give you added layers of protection.
  7. Data Security and Back up -Implementing data management solutions such as data encrypting and of course backing up your data will help protect your files, pictures and sensitive information.

We urge you to recognize that nothing is absolute and guaranteed when it comes to cyber-security.  There are many other steps and technologies that can be deployed and we will constantly be on the lookout for proven ways to help you secure your technology.  We also understand that everyone has unique needs and risk tolerances and we have experience in answering your questions and explaining things in every-day language.  We work to help clients put in place measures to help you secure your Home and Home Office.

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