Five ways to safeguard

your employer's most important information

TikTok fans, stick to using the popular video app just for fun, not for any health-related advice.

 

According to the cybersecurity company Sophos, videos that appear on the TikTok mobile app can be hacked and replaced with other videos while retaining the same description the original author intended. A fix is expected soon.  

While the number of phishing emails during the pandemic is way up, scammers are seeing their incomes drop, so many are offering discounts.

 

The publication CyberScoop says it’s not unusual for hackers to offer price cuts of 20% or more on lists of stolen names and passwords or the hourly rate they charge to attack companies’ computer networks.

Home Wi-Fi networks are being put to the test these days. The number of people working from home has doubled since the first of March. Millions of parents are helping teach their kids in home classrooms. And streaming services like Netflix and Disney+ are gaining millions of subscribers. 

So it's never been more important to ensure your Wi-Fi network is secure. Here's what you should know. 

Using the router’s software, change the name of your network. Do not include any description in the new name that could identify you or your home.

 

Change your router’s default password. Make the new password unique to the router and as lengthy as possible.

 

When setting up the router, select “WPA2” rather than “WEP” in security settings.

 

Enable the “guest network” setting in your router’s software and use that network for connecting your smart devices and guests’ computers to the internet.

 

In the router’s settings, disable “remote access.”

​Don’t disclose the network’s password to service workers and other short-term visitors.

Download and activate the router’s app from the app store or your cable provider so you can update the router’s software and identify devices connected to it.

 

Download software from the app store for any device connected to the network such as printers, smart light bulbs, security cameras, and door locks. Use those apps to keep the devices’ software up-to-date.

 

Many new routers require you to manually approve any device before it can connect to the network. If a new device won’t connect to the web, check this setting in the router’s app.

 

Install firewall, anti-virus and anti-malware software on your computer. Some software companies offer free versions of their product, others require paid subscriptions.

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