Lots of the latest smart TVs include automatic content recognition (ACR), which studies everything you view on the device – whether it’s streamed over the internet, cable, or via broadcast television – and uploads this information to a server for use in a recommendation engine. To guard your privacy, turn off this setting; its name […]
To stop outsiders from simply accessing your network, avoid broadcasting your SSID. All Wi-Fi routers allow users to shield their device’s SSID, which makes it more difficult for attackers to locate a network. At the very least, alter your SSID to something unique. Leaving it as the manufacturer’s default could allow a possible attacker to […]
An uninterruptible power supply (UPS) is like a surge protector with a battery backup. If you experience a power interruption, devices connected to the UPS will stay powered on as long as the battery lasts. This gives you a chance to save your work and shut your devices down properly to prevent data loss. They […]
If you have your own router, it’s essential to confirm it’s a recent model and has the latest firmware. By looking up the model number, you can determine if it is compatible with specific security protocols and find its default IP address. By inputting the latter in your browser, you can check its firmware and […]
Many smart speakers are set to always listen for certain keywords. That makes them highly responsive, but it can also create privacy concerns. If you’re not using them, or are having a sensitive conversation, consider unplugging them or powering them off to stay safe.
Home Wi-Fi routers automatically show up on any compatible devices in range. Inexperienced hackers can find it if they’re nearby, and start trying to crack into the network. It’s therefore a good idea to hide your router’s name. The exact process will differ depending on your provider and online account, but there should be plenty […]
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