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Use role-based access

Remote work and the IoT mean users and devices are everywhere and may not have the best security at all times. By assigning roles to users and devices (family members, roommates, individual devices, etc.), and limiting access based on these roles, you can minimize the number of SSIDs in use and differentiate between approved and […]

Connect stationary devices via Ethernet

An Ethernet connection, if available, is ideal for streaming boxes/TVs, game consoles and other hardware that sits in one place most of the time. It provides more predictable performance and is also more secure since transmissions are not interceptable over the air.

Smart devices need smart security

As the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to emerge, the stakes are high for ensuring that all apps, devices and wireless networks in your home are secure. From thermostats to doorbells, many in-home appliances can now connect to the internet, meaning that there’s also the risk of them becoming infected by malware or otherwise attacked. […]

Be vigilant about basic digital hygiene

Keep the software on all Internet-connected devices up to date. All critical software, including computer and mobile operating systems, security software and other frequently used programs and apps, should be running the most current versions. Turn on automatic updates in the security settings. Install and keep security software (think of antivirus, antimalware & firewalls) current […]

Bluetooth security best practice: Use hidden mode

Enjoying wireless connectivity is all about balancing convenience with security. Bluetooth devices, such as wireless headsets, speakers and microphones, make it easy to seamlessly take hands-free calls while driving or to move around freely while listening to your favorite music, among other use cases. Using these devices does represent a security trade-off, though. Open Bluetooth […]

How to safely manage IoT children’s toys

For 2020 and the years ahead, it seems likely that internet-connected devices will only become more important in the home. This includes a growing segment of devices used by the whole family, like smart speakers and TVs, as well as connected devices designed specifically with children in mind. A 2019 Clutch survey found that 53% […]