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According to The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), you should follow these 5 simple steps in order to secure your sensitive data:

Update Your Router – Cybercriminals can easily break into home networks by exploiting vulnerabilities in out-of-date firmware on Wi-Fi routers. Outdated firmware often contains multiple unpatched flaws that can be easily exploited by hackers, so it is important to keep it regularly updated. Making sure your router is up-to-date not only reduces the risk to your personal information and devices on your home network, but also helps safeguard against attacks on your employer that might inadvertently come via your home network.

Update Your Device – The proliferation of working made us more vulnerable to cyberthreats. Cybercriminals targeted the remote workforce, trying to exploit loopholes in the corporate networks to break into employees’ work devices and eventually pilfer sensitive corporate data. Updating work devices (laptop or desktop computers) and activating anti-virus software on them helps defend against unauthorized intrusions. Whether you have Windows Defender or security software from a third-party, make sure that the antivirus you are using is active and updated with the most recent security fixes, so you are best placed to proactively identify and rectify any security issues before data becomes at risk.

Avoid Malicious URLs – Cybercriminals often use malicious URLs to phish users into giving login credentials or other sensitive information. Malicious URLs are specially crafted links that host viruses and malware that could infect users’ devices or redirect users to fake login pages to pilfer private data. These types of URLs are a constant threat to both personal and business devices but are easy to avoid. Be wary of clicking on something unexpected or use security services to check the safety of files and weblinks before you visit them.

Secure Your IoT Devices – The proliferation of the Internet of Things (IoT) in consumer, health care, and other enterprises, and their internal vulnerabilities, has created a security blind spot where adversaries can launch Zero-day attacks to break into connected devices like smart TVs, webcams, routers, printers, and even a smart home. IoT devices are Wi-Fi-enabled and, if compromised, can be used to access data, credentials, and passwords from other areas of our home networks — to steal information or plant malicious software. Never use easy-to-guess or weak passwords for your connected devices. Also, make sure to update them often to fix known and unknown security flaws.

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