How to Secure Your Internet Connection from Malware

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Make a complicated router password

As said on multiple occasions, whenever you make a password, please ensure that it is not too simple. You must have seen portals rejecting easily traceable passwords, asking for alpha-numeric or special characters in the password. While hosting anyone, as generous hosts, we love to share our passwords with anyone who visits our place. None of us considers that easy-to-remember passwords can be shared during a random conversation too. Technically speaking, the password length should be somewhere between 12-20 characters. After adding special characters or mixing alpha-numeric characters, recalling could be difficult for you as well. The best idea is to write it down somewhere or keep it in the hidden file of your system. Keep it as difficult as possible, so no one can guess it or recall it, even if they have used it for a couple of times. Make sure you change the password after three months so even if someone remembers it or has saved it in their system, it doesn’t work.

Change the router’s admin credentials

Now admin credentials are different than Wi-Fi passwords. Routers’ credentials are shared with the customers once they sign-up with them. Most of us don’t bother changing passwords and use them forever. Most of the internet companies set one password for all the devices and issue the same credentials to everyone who buys them. Thus, this is the most sensitive and accessible point for anyone with mal-intentions or simply any random hacker always looking for loopholes to get any sort of advantage. Like for any other password creation. Make sure the password to your internet router is also not easy to remember and is frequently changed. The least disadvantage or prank anyone plays with you after getting access to it is by simply changing the password and leaving you clueless. Why? Because you cannot do anything unless you get access to the administrator account.

Change the network name and hide it.

Similar to the router’s admin credentials, the manufacturers make the same network name, admin and password for all of their products. Therefore, it is recommended to change the network name, by-default passwords, and admin panel information. For once, it is convenient for us as customers in order to get hold of everything without any hiccup, but in a longer run, this is the most convenient way for hackers to get access of your system through internet. The solution to it could be to change the default name of your internet connection and hide the network. By not allowing access to anyone, your network is safe and secure by all means.

Turn off Plug ‘n Play

This new Internet of Things methodology called Universal Plug, and Play methodology make the communication between all the devices connected with the same network fairly simple. UPnP is what makes the creation of IoT and now enabling all of our appliances and devices “smart.” Why do you need to turn off the plug ‘n play? Since all the devices are interconnected through the same network, it makes all the gadgets and their security vulnerabilities. By not allowing compatibility of UPnP with routers, you restrict hackers from affecting all your household devices.

Turn off Remote Management.

Remote management should allow all the users or devices who can access that network to make changes. Remote access means that the console for making changes can be reached remotely over the internet. Though, the standard setting permits remote access, which ultimately risks the security and safety of all the connected devices.

Keep your devices healthy

Be cautious when you connect your devices with public networks, hardware devices, or Bluetooth, anything for transferring data online or remotely. Do not download random apps, and before you do, make sure the source is verified. Keep your anti-virus software updated and installed all the time. Don’t share your information, particularly the passwords.

Conclusive note:

I have shared all the safety measures that you should consider in order to make your devices secure from the external threats. I have shared all the common ways a malware reaches the system. You can always research more and stay updated to stay safe from external malware. Some more cautious in the aforementioned list could be, to strengthen the Wi-Fi encryption, Use VPN, avoid public networks, Limit Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS), keep the router firmware up to date, turn on the firewall, to name a few potential threats to your network security. The constant news on ransomware and identity theft are worrisome, and these are the first or lowest damage a hacker can cause any of us after getting access to a network.

Author Bio: Nathan John works as a content editor at Spectrum offers. He has seven years of experience in content writing, and he worked for various online communities.

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