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How to Protect Your Home From Cyber Attacks

by Kenneth Rabasco 07/07/2019

More than ever, hackers are exploiting security flaws to break into home networks, and the United States homes are the most hit. According to Hartford Steam Boiler, one in every ten homes has experienced a cyberattack. Victims of cyberattack have minimal knowledge of security hence the increase in these attacks.  However, you do not have to be a security expert to protect your home from cyberattacks. Here, you'll learn how to protect your home from a cyberattack.

Keep your software updated 

Many of the security flaws exploited by attackers have been found and corrected by the software developer. However, as a result of software users not having the updated version, they still fall for the attacks. At any point in time, keep your Operating System (OS) and application software up to date and never play with security updates. It is advisable to turn on automatic updates – most programs have this feature.

Secure your network

It is no news that your home network is a crucial target for those into cyber crimes. What is new is how unsecured some people unknowingly leave their home networks. Keeping your home network secured is one of the undoings of cyber attackers. To ensure your home network is safe, you can do the following:

- Keep your home router name private.

- Change its default login details.

- Create a secure password comprising symbols, letters, and numbers.

- Use WPA2 instead of WEP.Make sure you activate your router encryption.

Secure your phone

Your smartphone brings with it a lot of ease. With it, you can control devices in the home through their apps. The disadvantage is that you give an attacker access to the home devices once he/she has your smartphone. To prevent this, secure your phone with a strong password comprising symbols, letters, and numbers.

Set up anti-virus and firewall

One of the ways to protect your home from cyberattacks is by having an anti-virus program on your system. While free anti-virus can protect you, it is best you go for paid ones. Paid anti-virus provide better security and protection. Also, make sure your firewall is on as it can identify and prevent a cyberattack.

Mind what you download and install

This is an essential point many people give little attention to. Before downloading anything from the Internet, make sure the source is credible to avoid downloading software, documents, and other files that may be infected sources. Always read the privacy policy before doing any form of downloading and installation of software. It is essential to avoid carrying out financial transactions on without an SSL certificate.

Back up your data

It is essential to back up your data regularly just in case. Backup should be done weekly and will help in cases you got attacked and denied access to your data.

About the Author
Author

Kenneth Rabasco

Professional Associations & Designations Ken Rabasco aka Bosco is a member of the National Association of Realtors, the New York State Association of Realtors, Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors, and the Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service. As a lifelong Westchester resident, Bosco has a vast and extensive knowledge of the intricate details that comprise the communities of Southern Westchester, be it a recommendation for the best place to have dinner in one of the many River Town restaurants, or a market forecast for what the future will hold for the next place you'll call home. With a laser-attentiveness to detail and a never-faltering determination to get the job done, Bosco is supremely dedicated to his clients, and promises the very best in service to those who work with him, whether a first-time buyer or a long-time veteran of the market. Real Estate Expertise Licensed Real Estate Salesperson with Better Homes & Gardens – Rand Realty. Bosco specializes in listing and selling of co-ops, condos and houses in Southern Westchester covering Hartsdale, Ardsley, Scarsdale, Eastchester, Tuckahoe, White Plains, as well as the River Towns and those that are on the Long Island Sound. As a licensed real estate salesperson for Better Homes & Gardens – Rand Realty in White Plains, I have developed a dedication to client service and satisfaction that is unsurpassed. I am up-to-date on all the real estate market trends. With a professional, yet friendly approach, I help my clients feel comfortable when buying or selling their next home. Professional Associations & Designations Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service Subscriber, Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors Member, New York State Association of Realtors Member, National Association of Realtors Member Community Involvement Member of the Rotary Club of Hartsdale - Greenburgh Education Pace University - Bachelor of Business Administration Testimonials I will never refer to Bosco as my realtor, he’s a trusted friend. I met Bosco 6 months after loosing my husband of 11 years. I have two daughter’s Jennifer and Kylie. I didn’t need this big house in Eastchester. The upkeep was just too much for me. Bosco helped me sell my home and I purchased a townhouse. It was important for me to keep my girls in the Eastchester school district. I will be forever grateful to my new friend. He still calls from time to time to check in on us. Thanks Bosco. Karen Schwartz You will not be disappointed with all the work that Ken aka Bosco does for his clients. 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