As a cybersecurity expert, I have seen the impact of cyberattacks on people and companies, including from a ransomware attack on the healthcare system in March.
In an article titled How to Protect Your Home from a Cyber Attack, I share the steps I’ve taken to mitigate the risks of such a situation.1.
Be Aware of Your Data and Tools2.
Use Secure Storage4.
Use a VPN5.
Take Security Steps to Stay Safe1.
Use Encryption and Strong Encryption for Your DataThe first thing you should do is make sure your data and tools are encrypted and safe.
You can encrypt your files and devices through Dropbox, iCloud, Box and any other secure storage service.
You may need to turn off your phone or computer to use your devices, but this will allow you to avoid data loss.
When you are encrypting your data, be sure to use a secure file format such as PGP or OpenPGP for encrypted files.2.
Know Your Network & Network Security3.
Consider Network Interfaces4.
Consider Software Deployment5.
Consider the Time of Day7.
Consider Your Home Network and SecurityThe last step you should take is to consider the time of day when you would be most vulnerable.
I recommend checking your network configuration every 24 hours, even if you are connected to a public Wi-Fi network.
I often use a software tool called Network Monitor to monitor the network for issues that might indicate an attack.
You will notice when the network is down that you may have a large number of connected devices and it may look like you are at a network of thousands of devices.
The best way to test is to see what time it is when the next network outage occurs.
Network Monitor also has a tool called Sysmon that can help you check the network health.8.
Monitor Your Internet UseIf you have access to a private Internet connection, you should also monitor your use of it.
For example, if you use a website that is not accessible from the public Internet, then you may be using a proxy server or a VPN.
This will help you avoid the risks associated with an attack or compromise of your network.
Consider Using a VPN for Your Home and Other Network Connections10.
Consider VPN Software11.
Consider using an Encrypted Internet Protocol (IP) Protocol VPN for Internet traffic12.
Consider setting up a VPN Servers and Servers in Your Home13.
Consider Security Tips on Your Home network14.
Consider how to protect and monitor your home network15.
Consider what steps you should follow to stay safe in a cyberattack16.
Consider a firewall and how to make it more secure17.
Consider getting an Anti-Virus Scanner18.
Monitor the State of the Internet, including a Virus and Malware Scanner19.
Consider adding an Internet Service Provider or VPN service to your network20.
Consider securing your network to keep it protected21.
Monitor your Home Internet and Network for Issues22.
Review your network security measures for any issues23.
Review the state of the home network24.
Consider updating your security settings to better protect your network25.
Review any other security precautionsYou can check your Internet usage by going to your Internet service provider’s site, clicking on “My Internet,” and checking the box for “Internet Use.”
If you have a mobile phone, you may also be able to go to the Settings page and check the box “Mobile Phone.”
Check the box that says “Use Wi-fi only when on a network connected to the Internet.”
If the box is checked, then your mobile phone will use a Wi-FI connection and won’t use any of your home’s network connections.
Also check the “Use only the network with the highest security rating” box.
If the check is checked for “Use all networks,” then you can use the network without using your home phone.
If you don’t check the boxes, your mobile service provider may have settings to make your phone use a wireless network.
If your mobile services don’t use Wi-fis, you will have to buy a new phone.
If you’re not using your mobile devices in the home, you can check whether your home is wired or wireless by going back to your Wi-Fis settings and then clicking on the Wi-Link icon.
This icon indicates whether your Wi -Fi is connected or not.
If there is a Wi -Fis logo, it means that the Wi -Link is on.
If it is not, then it is either off or connected.
If Wi -Wis is on, you have wired or mobile access to the network.
In that case, you need to check the wireless network settings to see if you have wireless access to your home.
If so, you’ll be able use your mobile device to send and receive e-mails.
If not, you won’t be able.
If they are connected, you might be able connect to a Wi –Fi network that is off and use it for home Internet