The Alexa, Echo, Google Home and even your smartphones are always listening and hackers are trying new ways to get you to say your
passwords. Amazon nor Google will ask you to say your password outloud.
Purchase and install dependable antivirus software
Antivirus software needs to be supported by a company with the resources to fight against the endless stream of computer viruses. We recommend
Norton Antivirus Deluxe 360 because it is inexpensive and provides a lot of other essential protections in the fight against cyberattacks such as
VPNs, Dark Web Monitoring, and Firewalls. It even provides some protection against cybercriminals watching your Webcam along with protection against Malware, Ransomware and Spyware.
Turn your computer off every night before you go to sleep
Many hackers and hacking programs are most active when you are asleep because they are
from the other side of the world. There is no better way to prevent a hacker from getting into your computer than simply turning all off of your computer and devices.
Ensure that Microsoft and Apple updates are installed every day
Microsoft and Apple are constantly putting out security patches to protect you against
security problems. Microsoft and Apple have teams of highly qualified programmers and cybersecurity experts who are working to keep you safe.
Delete phishing emails
Phishing emails are one of the most common forms of cyberattacks and
are very difficult to detect systematically. The best defense against these emails is for you to learn to recognize them and delete them.
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With more advanced steps, you do achieve a higher degree of cybersecurity but you can make it more difficult for you to operate so
you need to balance the ease of operation with the risk of cyberattack.
Get a backup program with file versioning
The two most recommended programs out there are
We recommend either of these programs as they will
keep backups of your files for up to 6 months. If you do fall prey to ransomeware or your files are removed by a hacker, you can always get them back. These are quite easy to
install on singular computers and they do have setups that can be installed on enterprises. They are fairly inexpensive.
Establish two factor authentication for email and other systems in your corporation
Typically, this means that you enter your normal password, but you also enter code texted to your phone or emailed to a second email before you can enter your application. The downside to this
is that if you do not have your phone or secondary email, you cannot log into your email account.
Use a VPN While On The Internet
VPN's essentially make it harder for hackers to locate your computer
and understand what you are communicating on the internet. There are several standalone VPN's you can buy such
as Express VPN but we recommend that you get the VPN with Norton Antivirus 360 Deluxe
Update Your Router's Firmware
Your router's manufacturer updates the router's firmware, and it is typically up to you
to update your router by hand. Unfortunately, every router has a different way to update the router so you have to refer to your router's documentation on
how to update your router's firmware.
Replace your router if it is older than five years old
Major security updates come out constantly, but we recommend you replace
your wireless router every five years to keep up.
Linksys offers a good router and typically less than $100
Google Nest Wi-Fi Mesh Router System
The Google Nest Wifi is easy to set up, and it comes with extenders which will make it easier for
multi-story houses and larger houses. It also will act as a speaker for your Google Assistant which can give you more convenience, but it does mean that Google is always
listening. It is a bit more costly at ($250)