Security verification 2021

It’s that time of the new year. In January of each year, I write an article to help you think about your Home, Electronic and Personal Security. 2020 was a horrible year to say the least. The Virus has affected us all in different ways. Working from home has increased dramatically. Computers, games and social networks have also increased. All of this increases our exposure to “Bad Actors” On-Line.

Here are some things to consider.

Social Media:

I’m putting this first because of all the bad information on social media that could cause you to do something that could cause harm. Do not believe “Anything” you read or see on social media until you confirm or verify this information with other independent sources. This is especially important with anything virus or vaccine related.

Working from home:

Working from home has increased dramatically this year which is wonderful, it kept people working and getting paid. It has also created security problems. If you are working from home, keep your doors closed. Some outdoor cameras would be a good investment in your personal security.

Your internet security needs to be reviewed. Make sure you have changed the passwords on your modem and Wi-Fi router. As a reminder, your password must consist of upper and lower case letters, numbers, and symbols. It must not contain dictionary words and must be at least 12 characters long. Invest in a good password manager, which is also capable of generating good passwords.

Video conferencing has also increased considerably in 2020.

As with anything on the Internet, make sure your video conferencing software is protected with a strong password. Also, you should know how to turn off the audio and video on whatever computer you are using. You don’t want someone taking control of your camera without your knowledge.

The computer you are using must have an up-to-date Internet Security Program. A good one will update at least daily, if not hourly. You should consider using a VPN program. You may already be using one to access your company’s servers and computers.

If you are using Wi-Fi, be sure to check the routers passwords. This means that you gained access to the router and changed the default password. Most router instructions or cable companies will tell you how to do this.

The most important thing is to stay safe; you already know how to do it.

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