Reminder to remain cyber safe at home

October 28, 2022  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

As we approach the holiday season, remain cyber safe by following these simple practices to keep your home and vacation plans free from cybercriminal meddling.

  • Secure your router: Make sure your router has a strong password and does not broadcast who you are through its name, such as “the Jones Family” or “123 Elm Street.”
  • Use a VPN especially when you’re on public Wi-Fi at a coffee shop, or other public location. A VPN will make it more difficult for cybercriminals to breach your online privacy and access your personal information.
  • Check the privacy and security settings on web services and apps. Set limits on how and with whom you share information. You might want to change some features, like location tracking, when you are away from home.
  • Password protect your devices, create a unique username and password for each website or app, and enable 2FA (multi-factor authentication) whenever you’re able.
  • Back up files on your devices, like photos, documents or other files. You can back up your data on the cloud, on an external device like a hard drive or, preferably, both.
  • Use caution when downloading apps. Games and other apps could come embedded with dangerous viruses. Only download or buy games and apps from legitimate sources.
  • Don’t ignore software updates. Turn on “automatic updates” if possible. Updates often include tweaks that protect you against the latest cybersecurity concerns.
  • Beware of phishing: Fraudulent email or text messages which appear to come from a reputable source. They often aim at creating a sense of urgency, curiosity, or fear in victims to lure them into revealing sensitive information, clicking on links to malicious websites or opening attachments that contain malware (malicious software).

 For more information, check Be Safe Online on U-M Safe Computing.