Did you know the average person has more than ten internet connecting devices in their home, and this number is projected to gown to 13.6 by the year 2022? We are using more technology than ever, and by bringing more technology into the home, your chance of being exposed to a cyber threat increases.

According to the 2020 Comcast Cyber Health report, the most vulnerable devices in your home include laptops, computers, smartphones, and tablets, networked cameras, networked storage devices, and streaming video devices. Here are a few things you can do to make sure you and your family are protected:

  1. Use a router with AI Security

The landscape for cybersecurity services for the consumer is very focused on anti-virus, but technology has evolved so much that it’s not enough. The average home has so many more types of devices now, and each device has many attack surfaces, so securing the home requires new thinking. This is why All West trusts the Plume Superpod and app system.

Plume managed wi-fi is designed to adapt to all the different types of devices and threats, making it smarter than other security options.

(How Plume keeps you safe)

  1. Keep your router’s software updated

We all live busy lives, and sometimes the last thing you think about is the last time you updated your router software. Updates are important because it prevents hackers and new evolving threats from compromising your online security. An easy way to stay on top of updates is to choose a router with automatic updates. This way, your router can update and evolve as new online security threats arise.

  1. Create strong passwords and use multifactor authentication

When was the last time you changed or updated your password? Do you use the same password for everything?   A few things you can do to make your passwords more secure include:

-Don’t use personal information in your password or information used in security questions.

-Don’t make your password all the same case. Passwords varied with uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters are much harder to guess.

-Don’t use the same password for multiple logins. If you do this, it makes it easier for hackers to access more of your accounts.

In addition to a strong password, we recommend using multifactor authentications to strengthen your online security.

  1. Don’t open links that look suspicious

You may have heard this before, but it one of the most common ways hackers can gain access to your information, don’t click suspicious links even if it is from someone you know. If a link looks suspicious, and you know the person who sent it, double check with them to make sure their account hasn’t been hacked.

Do you still have questions about your wi-fi security? Talk to one of our experts to make sure you are protected at 866.255.9378 or email help@allwest.com.

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