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When checking your online bank balance or making a purchase, it’s best to avoid networks you don’t normally use, especially public Wi-Fi hotspots that might expose your activity to unwanted third parties. Conduct important transactions on your password-protected home network or with the help of a virtual private network (VPN) service.
The recent VPN Filter malware revealed the abundance of security issues in many of the Internet routers we rely on every day. One vulnerability you can close right away involves universal plug and play (UPnP), a service for automatically configuring some devices on the network. Turn it off unless you’re sure you need it.
Do you ever connect to public Wi-Fi networks? A journey through any mall, office park or downtown corridor is sure to populate your phone’s Wi-Fi list with numerous wireless options, many of them not even requiring passwords for entry. If it seems like these networks are everywhere, it’s because they are: Cisco has estimated the […]
You’ve got your bags packed and plane tickets in hand. You feel all set and ready for your big trip, so make one last check to see if you forgot anything. At this juncture, it’s important to think about whether you’re leaving home without having set up some crucial defenses against malware, identity theft and […]
Passwordless public Wi-Fi is unencrypted, meaning your data can be intercepted while using it. Consider setting up a virtual private network (VPN) to encrypt your connection and shield your activities from prying eyes on public networks. Short of that, look for “semi-public” alternatives such as coffeeshop/restaurant Wi-Fi with a requestable password (usually on a receipt) […]
In preparation for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, how can you best keep your personal data safe?
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