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Know the different types of Ethernet ports

All Ethernet ports on consumer electronics like laptops and gaming consoles look the same from the outside, but they’re not necessarily the same under the hood. Some support Gigabit Ethernet (1000 Mbps), while others are merely Fast Ethernet (100 Mbps). Even faster speeds like 10 Gigabit Ethernet are available on some computers like the iMac […]

Create a plan for dealing with cyberattacks

Once your system is infected with malware, there are steps you can take to fix the problem and prevent it from happening again. Disconnect from your network, reboot the device, download a virus scanner, and delete any old applications and files you don’t need.

What do firewalls do?

Firewalls provide protection against outside cyber attackers by shielding your computer or network from malicious or unnecessary network traffic. Firewalls can also prevent malicious software from accessing a computer or network via the internet. Firewalls can be configured to block data from certain locations (i.e., computer network addresses), applications, or ports while allowing relevant and […]

When your computer gets infected with malware, remove it from the network

Malware can spread from one device to another under the same network, so it’s important to isolate computers, phones and other devices once they get infected. Disable the compromised one from all networking capabilities, such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, then reboot all your devices.

If you connect, you must protect

Whether it’s your computer, smartphone, game device, or other network devices, the best defense is to stay on top of things by updating to the latest internet security software, web browser, and operating systems. If you have the option to enable automatic updates to defend against the latest risks, turn it on. And, if you’re […]

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.