Online Safety and Security

Online Safety and security effects everything that’s connected, not just phones and computers. So much is done online with personal data that keeping it safe should be a high priority. You also want your home network to be secure to avoid any unauthorised access or let virus’s and malware infect any devices. There are many ways you can help protect your data, personal information and others in your household. Antivirus or anti malware programs, DNS, VPNs, firewall, software updates and password managers are all good investments and don’t need to cost the earth.

Viruses and Malware

Many of the major antivirus companies offer a free version which is perfectly adequate for most home users as is Windows built in security. Antivirus companies also offer subscription services that offer more additions to the software, for example computer clean up or password managers. All have their pros and cons and can vary with how effective they are.

DNS (Domain Name System)

DNS protection works by adding a layer of security between a user and the internet. This prevents visits to websites used for scams, phishing, and malware and ransomware distribution. It is also an excellent way to help keep kids safe online by blocking unsuitable content. If this is added to the router then it protects everything that’s on the network without the need to install any extra software. DNS can also filter out adverts and reduce the amount you are tracked online. Many internet providers offer this as either a free or paid addon. BT has Web ProtectSky Broadband Buddy. These are often an on/off with little or no configuration which can be useful but if you want more control then there’s third party providers.

Password Managers

Password managers are also great for helping with online safety. Having a strong and unique password for every site you have a login for would be impossible without having them written down somewhere. Password managers are a secure solution to keeping these with you. They are also a useful tool to stop you entering your passwords into a phishing website.

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VPN (Virtual Private Network).

While home networks are private and our data is considered safe, when it leaves our network and goes off to the World Wide Web it can be far less secure and compromise our online safety. It could be intercepted and seen by people you didn’t intend. This is where a VPN comes in. It extends your private network over the public www. Your data is encrypted so it can’t be read by prying eyes. It is very useful when using public Wi-Fi spots and if you are concerned about privacy. Many companies offer VPN services, personally I wouldn’t recommend the free ones as some actually sell your data. A VPN is also used if you wanted to connect to your work network from home.

Updates

Remember to keep all software up to date, including on your home router. Often new security vulnerabilities are patched helping to keep your devices safe. Many things update themselves or prompt you to do it. 

Get in contact if you require any assistance with your online safety and security. I can offer free recommendations and competitive prices for setting up a suitable solution tailored to your needs.

 

Firewall setup
Anti virus protection
DNS (great for blocking sites, stopping malware/viruses, blocking ads)
Password Managers
Network security checkup
VPN
Kids safety setup

 

£25 for the first hour then £20ph charged every 1/2 hour.