The last two themes for this week of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month are “Pay Attention to the WiFi Router in Your Home” and “Share With Care.”
You want to be sure that you don’t simply purchase a WiFi router and plug it in, connect and jump online. Hackers love to find WiFi routers that still use the default username and password and are left open for ease of access. It’s one of the simplest and still widely used ways to steal identities.
Be sure you set a strong password for your router and enable the maximum level of wireless encryption, so that devices that connect to your router and protected and the wireless traffic encrypted and hidden from pyring eyes.
When it comes to sharing information online, do so with care. The more you share, the more you risk accidentially exposing personal information or enough details about you to impersonate you. Less is sometimes more.
Also, think about what you share online as if it were tomorrow’s lead headline in the newspaper. If you wouldn’t want it there, don’t share it online because that’s exactly where it could wind up, now or in the future.
Visit staysafeonline.org for all the tips on maintaining your online safety.