Hacking, data and network risks can all be greatly reduced by setting up your new device securely. There are two areas to focus on – protecting your home network and individual devices.
Protect your home network:
Set up any new device securely:
Data is an important part of delivering a personalised service in the modern world. Smart devices record information to help it give you advice specific to you, such as weekly home energy usage reports or telling you the weather forecast.
Knowing what data is collected, where it is stored and how it is used is important to make sure you’re authorising it and it’s not being misused or made vulnerable.
Hacking risks of connected devices
The main worry of using connected online devices is their vulnerability to hacking.
It’s possible that information stored on voice-activated devices could be breached, including passwords and financial information. The same is true for smartphones, including all the information individual apps store.
While security concerns exist for any new and existing smart device, don’t let them ruin your fun.
Set up your devices and network by considering all the appropriate security steps and consistently updating the software when prompted to protect against any new threats. Setting up new games consoles can be a particular worry for parents. Read our guide to see how to do it securely.
This will keep the risk of a security breach low and ensure you and the family enjoy your new devices across the festive season.
Head over to our Cyberspace to find out more about how to stay cyber safe.
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