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4 Ways to Improve Cybersecurity at home

4 Ways to Improve Cybersecurity at home
A few dfferent ways you can improve cybersecurity in the home
Cybersecurity is an increasingly pressing issue, and with the rise of people working from home, it has become even more important. Protecting your data is absolutely essential, without the proper safeguarding in place you could be targeted by cybercriminals and hackers.
Many people are unsure of the best way to approach cybersecurity. It can be a daunting prospect, so we’ve put together a guide with four top tips for improving your home cybersecurity. Read on to check it out.

Limit the Information You Divulge 

To use the internet, we have to be comfortable divulging a degree of personal information. However, removing personal information from the internet whenever and wherever possible is critical, and should be the first step on your journey to improve cybersecurity in your home.
The most effective way to approach this is in a proactive manner. Think carefully about what websites you sign up for and what kind of information you provide. Ask yourself if what you are signing up for is necessary and look for alternative ways to access what you need in a safer and more anonymous way.

Set up a Firewall and VPN

A firewall is a security system that can monitor a network’s incoming and outgoing traffic. There are various threats in today’s digital landscape, many of which can pose a serious threat. A firewall can be set up to serve as a protective layer. It will identify potential threats and stop them in their tracks before they have a chance to target your computer or your data.
A virtual private network (VPN) is also essential for your home office. It encrypts data to protect it against external threats such as hackers. If you are regularly sending files to and from your company’s main office, a VPN can help safeguard sensitive information.

Use Antivirus Software

There are various different types of computer viruses, all of which can cause catastrophic damage if they manage to infect your computer. Some are insidious and could be stealing data without you realising it, while others are extremely destructive and could render your computer unusable.
Antivirus software is essential. It will perform regular system scans to check for virus activity and destroy any malware it happens to come across.

Use Strong Passwords and Authentication Systems 

Login systems are often the weak point of a network, which means they are commonly targeted by cybercriminals. You can protect your computer by always using strong passwords and ensuring that your passwords are different across all your devices.
Research has revealed that over 50% of people use the same passwords across different accounts. It can be the easiest and most convenient approach but leaves you extremely vulnerable. Change your passwords regularly and make sure you use different ones across accounts and devices. Use strong passwords with a mix of letters, numbers, and special characters.
Make use of two-factor authentication systems. These can give you an extra layer of protection and ensure your accounts are not compromised by rogue third parties.

Conclusion

Limit the information you divulge online, set up a firewall and VPN, use antivirus software, and use strong passwords at all times to improve cybersecurity in your home.
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