Hacking has been a consistent part of computer networks ever since the arrival of the internet. If you’ve any device that exists on the web, it’s as simple as that, the device is pretty much a target for hackers. Now whether or not the hackers are able to exploit the vulnerabilities in those devices will depend upon how secure the device is. Security, in terms of cybersecurity, is the list of multitude techniques and strategies that are designed and used in order to protect internet devices from malware and phishing attacks.
These are the two looming threats that have successfully landed many organizations – even Google and Facebook – in jeopardy. The bigger ones are able to quickly identify the threats and fix them. But the smaller ones end up losing a lot of money and risking the personal details of their employees and customers.
The thing that you have to understand here is that these threats that were earlier targeted towards organizations have now been redirected to home devices since remote working culture has become the trend of 2020, and will most likely remain so until the pandemic gets over. Which is why hackers now channelize their energy in getting unauthorized access into home devices like smart devices, surveillance cameras, smart doorbells, mobile phones and tablets, gaming devices, router, Wi-Fi extenders, laptops and desktops, and so on.
So, the devices that were once considered to be at a lower risk of getting hacked have now become more vulnerable than ever. Which is why cybersecurity experts suggest adopting the following ways to protect your devices from hackers.
- Use Password Protection for All Devices
Earlier it might have been just your work system that you would have password protected, but now hackers try to hack every single smart device in your home. So, create a separate password for every device. Also, make sure that you use network segmentation for all the devices so that if, god forbid, hackers are able to enter inside any one of the networks, then, at least, the others will remain safe.
- Install Updates
Updates are released after bugs are fixed by the developers. So, whether it’s your system or a software that releases an update, install it as quickly as you can.
- Use VPN
This one is for the security of the work devices. VPN controls and monitors all the data before it is exposed on the internet. In a way, VPN is a security tunnel where all the security tools of your company survey the data in the same way they used to in the office.
These are the few cybersecurity techniques that will make your devices less vulnerable. Thus, keep your cyber habits clean by not clicking on unknown links and emails that’ll prevent you against malware threats.