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Segment your home network

Not all internet-connected devices carry the same level of cybersecurity risk; Internet of Things (IoT) endpoints are often more exposed than PCs or smartphones. You can minimize your overall risk by isolating IoT traffic onto its own network segment. Check if your router allows you to set up the VLANs necessary for segmentation.

Use the latest Wi-Fi security measures

It’s been obsolete for years, but make sure you are not still securing any Wi-Fi networks with the legacy WEP standard. WPA2 is ideal as of early 2018 and supported by any legitimate modern router or wireless-enabled device. Be on the lookout for WPA3-certified products in the coming years, as they will have additional features.

Change the default passwords on routers and other devices

Everything from your Wi-Fi router to a new baby monitor might ship with a default username and password, such as “admin” for both credentials. You should change them right away to prevent exposure to botnets designed to take over devices with easily guessed logins.

Throw out end-of-life IoT devices

The Internet of Things includes a wide variety of networked devices like cameras and thermostats. Unfortunately, many of them run software and firmware with known exploits that will never be patched. It’s usually best to throw them out and get newer, safer replacements.

What will ransomware look like after WannaCry?

Ransomware has re-entered the public eye with the recent WannaCry campaign.

PC spring cleaning: 3 easy ways to refresh your computer

Spring is here. How can you clean your computer of malware and performance issues?