Smarter Ways to Practice Internet Safety

All internet options aren't created equal... and neither is security. When it comes to choosing the best ways to secure your internet framework, one wrong decision could leave you, your company, or your household vulnerable to attacks that could be catastrophic. Here at Spectrumlink, we don't just offer premium internet services. We also work with our clients to ensure they understand just how important little steps can be when it comes to keeping their internet secure.

While having a comprehensive, immersive action plan for securing a network is nice, it's not always feasible for individuals or organizations without massive budgets or the resources to spend on their internet. Fortunately, the action steps you can take to secure your internet and make it less vulnerable to attacks are simple, straightforward, and easy to execute!

Change your Wi-Fi passwords often.

One of the easiest mistakes to make when it comes to securing your internet is assuming that your internetĀ already isĀ  secure. While there are certainly some providers, like us, that install security options when we set up client internet equipment, not all providers do so. One of the easiest ways to secure your Wi-Fi connection is to change the passwords frequently-- once a month or even more, if possible. Your Wi-Fi is the portal to internet connections throughout your entire home or business, and the passwords-- specifically factory ones-- are often a lot easier for crooks to steal than you may think. The best way to stay safe is to change the passwords often. The back of your Wi-Fi router has instructions for changing passwords. Follow these to set passwords that are hard to guess, and share the passwords only with those that are authorized to use the network.

Refrain from using public Wi-Fi when you can.

By their very nature, public Wi-Fi networks aren't nearly as secure as a private network. Just like you can easily access the network without a password or login information, so can hackers and coders looking to steal information from you. If you absolutely have to use public Wi-Fi, opt for networks that seem reputable (i.e., a Starbucks) and stay away from "public" networks you've never heard of before. When in doubt, use a personal hotspot, or data on a mobile device instead.

Clean your internet software regularly.

Free malware scanners can be downloaded from reputable sites like Mcafee, and they can help you identify and remove potential threats to your network from your computer. Pick a malware scanner that you like and trust, and stick with it, using it regularly to wipe your servers and eliminate potential issues. Your computer can hide a number of nasty bugs and bad guys just waiting for a back door to enter your system. These scans can be lifesavers, and, at little to no cost, provide real value for your investment.

There are a number of ways to secure your internet, and working with a premier internet service provider like Spectrumlink can make sure your networks stay safe and secure despite the bad guys' best attempts. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help.