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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.

Keep Your Firewall Turned On

A firewall helps protect your computer from hackers who might try to gain access to crash it, delete information, or even steal passwords or other sensitive information. Software firewalls are widely recommended for single computers. The software is prepackaged on some operating systems or can be purchased for individual computers. For multiple networked computers, hardware […]

Log out of websites when you’re done using them

Staying logged in to a website or app is convenient, but it creates some security risks. Attackers may be able to impersonate your session ID and hijack your account. Log out when you’re finished and use a password manager so it’s easy to log back in.

Limit the amount of personal information you share online

Don’t over share on social networking websites. Keep Social Security numbers, account numbers, and passwords private, as well as specific information about yourself, such as your full name, address, birthday, and even vacation plans.

Keep your mobile device locked

The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) recommends locking your device when you are not using it. You might only step away for a few minutes, but that’s enough time for someone to steal or destroy your information. Use strong PINs and passwords to prevent others from accessing your device.

Monitor your password recovery email account

If you ever forget a password, you’ll likely reset it by having a link sent to an on-file email address. Make sure that that account is secured with two-factor authentication, doesn’t have any unusual forwarding filters set up and allows for global sign-out in case someone else accesses it.