Archives - Networked Devices

Disable Universal Plug and Play (UPnP)

UPnP is what allows your devices to recognize each other because they are on the same network. For example, if you buy a new printer and connect it to your Wi-Fi, it might recognize your computer automatically. While UPnP is convenient, it makes it less complicated for hackers to access your accounts. You can turn […]

Grant granular access to shared files

Sharing files by email should be discontinued across the board. Instead, use a secure file sharing system with granular access control. This permits you to authorize different levels of access, such as viewing, commenting and editing. Never include files that contain ways to access your network.

Monitor for Shadow IT

When faced with a task, a problem or a deadline, you may be tempted to innovate to resolve the issue and continue moving forward. Innovation is good, but can prove perilous if it leaves holes in your security when you try to bypass perceived limitations of solutions provided by a centralized IT department. Set new […]

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.

Change the preset passphrase on your router

Leaving a default passphrase unchanged makes it much easier for hackers to access your network. You should change it as soon as possible. A strong passphrase is a sentence that is at least 12 characters long. Focus on positive sentences or phrases that you like to think about and are easy to remember (for example, […]

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 […]