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5 Ways to Arm Yourself against Cyber Attacks

by Kurt Knutsson

Ever increasing trouble is targeting our technology from every angle – your phone, text, email, laptop and tablet. It has never been more important to protect yourself from these pervasive threats that are only getting better at breaking in.

My goal is to help you get protected and ready in the best ways to fend off these sophisticated criminal minds.

Tackle these safety measures one at a time to boost your position of protection for you and your family.

Upgrade advice: How to speed up your home WiFi

1/ Upgrade home WiFi: Don’t let your old router let in trouble

Routers that came with your original installation of broadband Internet at home are likely out of date when it comes to offering good performance and protection.

In addition to increasing WiFi speeds and ridding your home of Internet dead spots, today’s newer mesh routers are easier than ever to setup and do a much better job than anything your cable or telephone high-speed connection is providing.

My favorite choice is this eero mesh wireless router bundle that is super easy to setup in minutes and powerful. The eero app lets you control your home network even remotely, when you’re away.  You can learn more about upgrading home internet routers here.

 

2/ Deploy top anti-virus protection on all of your devices

Through the myriad of software security options to fight off computer virus, malware and ransomware attacks, the one I like best we tested is Bitdefender Total Security.

A top runner-up is Norton Security.  You can see my 2021 review of the top antivirus security software and apps here.

3/ Install a Password Manager to strengthen access

This is the best way to keep passwords strong and never forget how to login to everything.  Good password managers can automatically remember your login credentials to any site or app.

My favorite from a list of others we tested is LastPass.  You can see my article about how to check your existing passwords to see if they are already compromised here.

The free version allows for you to use it on only one device, like your phone, tablet of computer.  The LastPass full version is a better value and easier to use on every device without restrictions.

 

4/ Use a VPN to keep everything private and away from prying eyes

When you activate your own VPN, short for Virtual Private Network, it’s like putting a security bubble around everything you are doing online.

The connection goes securely from one end to the other without much chance of anyone breaking into it.  Read my guide to VPNs here including why you would want a VPN.  My favorite is ExpressVPN since its reasonably priced, solidly strong and easy to use.

 

5/ Make regular backups to avoid becoming a ransomware hostage

Make sure to have a secure backup of everything important to you and make sure to periodically create backups at intervals.  I use this SanDisk Extreme Pro SSD that starts with 1TB storage.  I originally got it for using during trips to offload photos and videos.

Today, I use it for my most important backups.  SanDisk Extreme Pro SSD is rugged IP55 water and dust resistant exterior can survive a drop of 2 meters which is about 6 feet 7 inches.

At least once a month, I plug in my backup SSD to offload another copy of my stuff from my primary computer.  This is super fast at reading and writing.  That way, if i were ever attacked with malware or scammed into a ransomware lock, i can restore from a protected version of my data.

Tip:  Make sure to unplug the drive between uses to isolate it from a hacker being about to gain access.

Make sure to share this with those who you love in life.

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