Ten tips to improve your cybersecurity at home

Methods for improving domestic cybersecurity include password management, router reboots and deleting unsolicited emails.

Monday, 22 May, 2023

Cybersecurity isn’t an exciting subject, but you only have to fall victim to it once to appreciate the havoc it can wreak.

The internet is awash with bad actors seeking to infect computers with malware, from viruses and worms to ransomware and spyware.

The public’s response has traditionally been to install antivirus software onto a PC, and hope for the best.

In fact, there are plenty of other ways to improve cybersecurity around the home.

A ten-point plan for improving domestic cybersecurity

We’re taking it as read that you’ve already got one of the leading antivirus software platforms installed on your device.

These suggestions are all practical, free, and easy to accomplish even if you’re a Luddite. Remarkably, the first advice is as simple as pulling out a plug…

Make your home a cyber sanctuary

It’s easy to regulate online security around the home, but public connections lack this granular control.

Insecure local WiFi connections could potentially be spied on by anyone, silently recording every banking password and social media login you send via the network.

Only conduct sensitive transactions across 4G/5G or WiFi if you’re using a VPN or the Tor browser. Better yet, wait til you get home and use your own secured network.

There’s lots more advice about staying safe online in this in-depth guide.

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Neil is our resident tech expert. He's written guides on loads of broadband head-scratchers and is determined to solve all your technology problems!