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Wifi Security – How to minimise the risks

Do you worry about being hacked or having your private information compromised? WIFI security issues are one of the most common worries amongst internet users. There are many horror stories in the media, which are growing due to the popularity of smart devices.

Just because these things are happening, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy having WIFI and smart devices in your home or business. It just means that you also have to be smart with your security. Let’s take a look at some easy ways to minimise risks.

Security tips for WIFI

First of all, we will take a look at ways you can secure your WIFI. This is something you can do before adjusting the settings on your smart devices. So, let’s get started.

secure password Use a strong network password

Of course, the most obvious security tip is to have a strong password on your WIFI. This is going to stop any unwelcomed guests using your internet or compromising your security. You would be surprised how many people do not have passwords.

In addition, a lot of WIFI networks will have a default password. Have you ever changed this? Not a lot of people do. But if you want to be extra safe, it is recommended that you change all of your default passwords. Ensure your password is strong by using a variety of numbers, letters and symbols. Of course, it should be something that no one will easily guess or is common knowledge about you. You may also want to change the network names if you are worried. You can use a password generator website to create something super secure.

Update the Software Keep software up to date

We are all guilty of ignoring updates when we are busy on the computer. But it is best to always install the updates when they are available. In particular, WIFI providers may send you updates that boost the security of your computer and other devices. It is essential that you install this so that you can enjoy the latest updates to remain secure. Hacking and viruses are getting more sophisticated all the time. It is necessary to stay up to date when your provider is offering new software.

guest wifi Have a guest WIFI network

If you run a business, it is not always advisable to have a public WIFI network. Of course, this depends on the type of business you have. An office may only need internal wifi, but in hospitality providing your customers with a connection is a good way to attract people into your store, café or restaurant.

If you are not careful, it can cause real security problems. A public WIFI network without a password for example, can be easy for hackers to access your data, as well as your customer’s data. Keep internal and guest connections separate. This is going to make sure that you are not open to threats and you are still offering a connection for your customers. They will not be able to access your other devices, such as smart devices and printers within your business. You can also enjoy peace of mind and know you have done everything.

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Change Provider

If you have already experienced security problems with your internet provider, it may be time to switch. This can be the best way to avoid security issues happening again. For example, at Wave Internet, we can provide you with super-fast and affordable broadband in your home or business. You can stay connected, as well as secure, allowing you to browse with confidence. You don’t need a phone line and there is unlimited data usage. We also have a local telephone number in case you have any problems. This is a great solution for customers living in rural areas and needing reliable coverage.

smart devices Security tips for smart devices

Do you have smart devices in your home? By smart devices, we mean Amazon Alexa devices, such as the Echo and Echo Dot, Ring doorbells, Hive lighting and heating and Google Home. All of these devices need an internet connection to operate. Once you’ve secured your WIFI, there are some things you can do with these devices too to be extra safe.

1. Erase Alexa voice recordings

You may not realise it but Amazon Alexa devices keep a log of all the voice recordings you have made. Think about it like your web history but on your smart device. If you are not comfortable with the smart device storing all of your commands, you can easily erase them in the history settings. It is advisable to make a habit of doing this every one to two days. This way, you can keep on top of things and make sure there are no voice recordings left on your smart device.

2. Turn off cameras and microphones

Are you guilty of leaving on a lot of devices when you do not have to? Perhaps it is time to consider switching off your smart devices when you are not going to be using them. There are a lot of bad stories in the media about hackers, which can be quite scary. Limiting the amount of devices you have on in your home could minimise threats.

In addition, there are now smart devices that enable you to manually switch off the microphone when you are not using it. Simply use this button when you are now using your smart device and this can stop it listening to your conversations and recording with you realising.

3. Choose a unique wake word

Do you know what a wake word is? This is simply the phrase you use to wake up your smart device and begin giving it demands. In other words, this is when it starts to record your voice. To avoid the possibility of interference, as well as recording conversations you do not want it to do, you can change the wake word. Try to choose a unique word that would be hard for someone to guess and that does not pop into everyday conversation. This way, the device will only record when you want it to.

4. Use a pin for voice purchases

Of course, one of the great things about Alexa devices is that they enable you to make quick and easy purchases. All you have to do is say your command and your items will be ordered. But this also makes it simple for children or somebody else to make purchases on your account. The best way you can secure your device is by setting up a pin code for voice purchases. This can be easily done in settings on your Alexa account. Make sure it is a pin that nobody is going to guess.

5. Adjust privacy settings

Without you realising, a lot of smart devices are using your information in one way or another. Make sure that you read the privacy policies and terms of use so that you are familiar with the data that is used. If you are not comfortable with some of them, do not use them. But there are ways you can adjust the privacy settings. For example, in the Alexa app, you can view and adjust your privacy settings. You can manage what information is going to be sent away to Amazon. You can also review the permissions on your phone so that smart device are not using your microphone, camera or other information without you knowing.

 

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