Tech security expert and author of IT Solutions for Your Business, Ed Bensinger discusses some simple measures we can take to ensure our cyber safety. Here are his tips for keeping users protected from cyber-attacks:
Don't use public WiFi: Your data charges may be telling you otherwise, but it is best to avoid public WiFi servers. The main issue with public WiFi is that you never know who set it up. Hackers can easily spin up a public WiFi access and title it a popular business name so that users unwittingly connect to it. From there, hackers can have access to your personal information including username and passwords.
Have a MiFi device: Because public WiFi is so insecure, it's important to carry around a MiFi device so that you can have access to your own personal hotspot. While you can set up a hotspot on your mobile device, Bensinger warns that a hotspot got its name because it causes the phone to become overheated. The safest bet is to travel with a small, portable MiFi device so you can log onto a secure network without damaging your cell phone.
Reboot your router: After a hack, it is important to reboot your router in order to kill whatever process was intercepting your privacy. While this stops the attack itself, it is important that users then go in and change the password, disable the remote access, and install computer and network equipment updates to prevent further router attacks.
Change your passwords: It may be convenient to use the same few passwords for all of your accounts, but it makes you extremely vulnerable to hackers. Experts say it is best to change your password every 30 to 42 days and to include a wide range of uppercase and lowercase letters as well as numbers and symbols in each new password.
Buy a new router: The FBI states that a malware called VPNFilter has infected several popular routers including Netgear, Linksys, MikroTik, and many more. Bensinger advises that people put in the money to buy a new reliable router, "it's worth the couple hundred dollars to keep from wiping out your entire bank account." Replacements that have not been infected so far include Portal WiFi Router, Google Router, and Norton Core Source WiFi Router.
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