(BPT) – Each January, the world’s eyes turn to the cutting-edge technology that debuts at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Whether it’s striking, strange, or just plain cool, this new tech has the potential to change the way we live.
Much of this new technology is connected to the internet, which means there is also potential for cybercrooks to cook up new scams. To help ensure that your privacy, identity, and personal information is safe, McAfee, a global leader in online protection, has broken down the top tips for securing devices and safeguarding privacy. By using this guidance, you can pair progress with protection and stay safe, confident, and engaged while enjoying the benefits of new technology.
Bolster the basics for a strong digital defense
It is possible to protect most technology by establishing a strong digital security foundation. Whether it’s a new Wi-Fi router, smartwatch, or even a connected fridge, creating strong, unique passwords is key. These passwords should contain a minimum of 12 characters and include a mix of numbers, symbols, and upper and lower-case letters.
It is also critical to enable multi-factor authentication — functionality that uses a combination of a username, password, and a security code sent to a secondary device — whenever possible. Additionally, you should regularly update apps and devices to patch security vulnerabilities and use password-protected internet routers that offer encryption for more robust online protection.
Take time to read through manufacturers’ track records for security issues, along with reviews from trusted sources. Also, prioritize understanding privacy policies around data collection and sharing so you know how your information may be shared and used and can make educated purchase decisions.
Finally, it is important to invest in reliable online protection software to secure phones, tablets, computers, and smart devices, and ensure data privacy.
Make smart moves to secure a smart home
Anything that gets connected should also be protected, so it’s crucial to set up your smart home for security success by making sure every connected device is protected.
First, you should change the default username and password on all smart home devices. Next, because the point of online connection is critical to the security of any technology, you should consider a modern router with advanced security features. Further, creating an additional network on your router allows you to keep your computers and smartphones separate from smart home devices. This is important because if a smart home device is compromised, a hacker will still have difficulty accessing other connected devices.
Fortify your fitness and wearable tech
Many wearables collect information about your vital signs, sleep patterns, and whereabouts to make recommendations to improve your health and fitness, so it’s important to make sure the devices are also fit to secure your personal information. You can begin by adjusting privacy settings on your devices before you use them, and carefully consider options related to location tracking, social media sharing, and data shared online.
Notably, when upgrading to a new device, be sure to wipe your old device clean by restoring it to factory settings and deleting any online accounts you’ll no longer use.
Guard your mobile gadgets
It is also important to think beyond the screen to safeguard your device. Stick to official app stores, like Google Play or Apple’s App Store, versus third-party sites. Google and Apple conduct rigorous security vetting for the apps you’ll find on their stores, and both companies quickly remove malicious apps from their stores when issues are discovered.
Additionally, review permissions to be sure they align with the app’s intended use and avoid those that request excessive access.
By following these top tips, you can fortify the latest technology against potential threats and enjoy a safer digital experience.