SEAMLESS CONNECTION TO THE WORLD WIDE WEB
More and more of our business and social lives are interwoven with all things technological, right from getting paid through to our banking system. We can shop both in-store and online and even white goods exist now that monitor everything from the contents of our foods, fridge and our dietary requirements. Everywhere we turn we are surrounded by little devices called mobile devices.
An average home has three mobile phones, Ipads, smart tv’s, desktop and laptop computers and we now do all our normal daily banking, shopping and socializing via all these tools that are supposed to bring us a seamless connection to the world wide web (global network).
The exposure that all these connections bring to us is hard to quantify or explain. It can be as little as your fridge not warning you of the upcoming expiration of the food in your fridge, to a life threatening risk exposure such as that of the recent attack on the NHS network or a plane being dropped from the sky because a terrorist highjacked the communication network. These cases are at the extreme end of an exposure we all face, either as an individual or as a small business owner.
So if we find ourselves locked out of our own website or database or our client’s information, or we discover our whole network has been pulled down by some malicious person or group, how do begin to protect ourselves? How do we keep our infrastructure safe? The very same question we ask when we buy or build a house is the same question we need to be asking here, how do we keep the unwanted out of our home/our technology?
Below are some simple checks that you can perform as you operate in the world wide web of global connections:
Ensure your home network is secured with a firewall, this can be done by buying off the shelf products like Kaspersky, Norton or whichever you feel suit your needs. This product needs to be configured to be the first level of defence for your home using various types of security approaches that will be detailed in our next blog.
All devices (anything that is using internet) must have security software running on them and be kept up to date.
Avoid downloading freebies software that have no “certificate” or cannot verify the author as they are potential malware tools. Run your operating system’s (OS) updates twice a week and don’t always trust the auto updates to perform these, like most things they do fail.
Change your router security password from the default to something stronger and don’t use partners, pets, children or car names as they are the first thing anyone will try. Use more secure security protocols when setting up your wifi access point (this will be discussed in a future blog).
And finally when you access a website that requires you to enter your banking details, always look out for the https// as this mean your connection and data transmission is encrypted and not readable to humans. I will explain in more details the difference between http and https in future blogs.
As we get to grips with all things technological in our lives, the best and most useful thing we can do is to be we can do is be cautious and stay safe. If you are worried or not sure about how to go about securing your home network or your business, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a no obligation consultation, and if there is a specific area of interest you would like me to cover in any future blogs please let me know and I will add them to the ever growing list from our customers and public.
Thanks and be safe.
CEO Europe IT Solutions LTD