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Employ intrusion detection systems (IDS)

Intrusion detection systems (IDS) scrutinize network traffic and identify deviations from baseline behavior to facilitate real-time monitoring of your network. They also work to point out unauthorized access attempts and potential security breaches more generally. Whether host-based, network-based or cloud-based, IDS options provide comprehensive coverage. When anomalies are detected, your IDS generates alerts, allowing you […]

Protect your IoT devices by adjusting their default passwords regularly and updating their firmware

To best secure your IoT devices, consider the following: change default passwords, update firmware regularly and isolate them on a separate network. Furthermore, disable unnecessary features, audit device access and, as always, use strong WiFi passwords. And to take extra precautions, here are steps that you can take: Set up intrusion detection systems (IDS) that […]

Use a firewall on your computer to block unauthorized access to your network

Firewalls essentially serve as a barrier between your device and the internet. Specifically, they monitor incoming and outgoing network traffic, blocking unauthorized connections and potential cyber threats. Most devices come with built-in firewalls, but for additional peace of mind, you can also opt for third-party firewall software. In doing so, configure the firewall to allow […]

If your connection is strangely slow for long periods, investigate why

There are countless factors that can slow down a network connection, from failing infrastructure (both in and outside the home) to bandwidth leaks to unauthorized users sapping your connection from outside. If you frequently experience slower-than-normal internet speeds, go into your router’s settings and look for possible causes. If you suspect the problem isn’t with […]

If you own a business, consider replacing your MPLS network with SD-WAN

Multiprotocol layer switching (MPLS) networks have, for decades, been the gold standard for businesses that need wide-area network connectivity between several different locations. But due to their age, they have difficulty integrating with newer technologies such as cloud computing. They’re also notoriously expensive and difficult to configure. An increasingly popular alternative to MPLS is software-defined […]

Take advantage of quality of service (QoS) features on your network devices

Quality of service is a common feature of routers and other networking hardware that prioritizes some types of network traffic over others. This can be very useful if you have limited data speeds: Without QoS, data comes on a first-come, first-serve basis. Configuring QoS can sometimes be difficult, but many devices have presets you can […]