With the prevalence of internet-connected devices, cyber-crime has become the most common form of crime in the United Kingdom.
What’s more, even though you may not feel threatened by cyber-criminals, you can provide them with quick, easy funds, if you are not careful. One simple strategy to restrict cyber-criminals’ access to your finances and private digital information is by having a robust home network. While setting up a strong home network may seem complex, you can complete it easily in the following four steps:
- Install your router as close to the centre of your home as possible, as this limits access to those outside your home.
- Change your default network name and router password to something that doesn’t easily give away personal information. Consider changing your password at least every six months.
- Switch your wi-fi channels to ensure you are not on the same channel as your neighbours. The best wi-fi channels are 1, 6 and 11.
- Regularly update your router’s firmware to improve its performance and tighten up its cyber-defences.
A number of home insurers had added cyber cover to their existing policies to help combat hacking, stealing, cyber liability (passing on a virus) and identity theft. This can either be a paid-for extra or as part of a high net worth household policy. A home cyber policy may not be suitable for everyone so always remember to keep your firewall updated, save a back-up of your home computer and always update software as this contains ‘bug fixes’ and updated security.
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