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Top 10 Simple Home Security Tips

Top 10 Simple Home Security Tips

By Ninja avatarNinja | 44850 Reads |
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  1. Never log in to online banking sites from public networks and share important information on insecure connections. Everything you do is recorded and logged and the administrator of the network can look at this at anytime. Also other people could be watching your activities with Trojans, spyware etc.

  2. Use different passwords for all sites and use uppercase and lowercase and numbers. The more random the better and the more likely it can’t be brute forced or dictionary attacked. You could also slightly encrypt your passwords with a hash or anything you want all sorts of stuff you can do to make passwords stronger.

  3. Protect home computers by closing your network. You can do this by changing the name, making it private or hidden, also disable features like wireless and making good strong administrator and other passwords. Strong administrator passwords make sure no one can get into your configurations and setups. Strong network passwords makes sure no one gets into your network. Also enable WPA encryption or WPA2 encryption for best protection.

  4. Invest in a power cell and always make backups sometimes one offline and one online. Security starts here the power cell is to protect from lightning damage and power-outages and the backups are to insure your information is safe and in more than one place.

  5. Only give out social security numbers or credit card numbers on a secured website by seeing “https.” not “http” in the URL field. The extra “S” at the end stands for “secure” basically. Always look at the URL field, it might not even be the same website your originally visited that would be called “phishing” and that’s the most simple and common ways to capture usernames and passwords collectively.

  6. Be careful when you share information with any site or person on the Internet. Who knows who might be trying to social engineer you into giving them all your passwords and recovery questions.

  7. Always have some sort of firewall or antivirus and a backup cleaner. A good firewall or anti-virus is always a good thing on windows based machines and should prevent programs being automatically installed and prevent changes to your machine. A cleaner would help fix other problems on your computer and network and make it faster and safer.

  8. Automatically delete cache, setup browsers to automatically delete history and password protect your keyring. This will normally make browsing and computing faster and to hide your history is just a smart thing to do just in case someone looks at all your recent websites. Password protecting your keyring will make all your other passwords more secure.

  9. Install a web server that automatically connects when connected to the internet. This is so you know when your computer goes online in a different location you can have a trace back to it and ping the new IP address. For more experienced users you could install a Trojan so you can see exactly what is going on and collect a bunch of information for your own investigation.

  10. Have proof of hardware with pictures and/or documentation.
    Always know your serial on your computers and keep receipts. If you don’t have this then authorities cant help you and your all on your own.

Happy Safe Networking! -Ninja

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synstealth 10 years ago

If you were living 10 years back, yes this would be a ideal rule to abide with.. unfortunately this is 2013, almost everyone has a virus scanner and a random password. Most sites enforce them to have this type of passwords and security is not always 100% secure. it just enables you to be more secure than it is.. social engineering is still out there!

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Ninja 10 years ago

yes that is exactly what I told my friend, these things I learned about 10 years ago. but it wasn't here so hey why not. :D

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Ninja 10 years ago

#6 talks about social engineering ;)

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synstealth 10 years ago

thumbs up

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korg 10 years ago

Pretty boring and very basic knowledge, I never would have published this article.

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Mordak 10 years ago

Just because it very basic doesn't mean it isn't useful !!

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Ninja 10 years ago

It's a good thing to share the most simple information.

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Intrsys 10 years ago

Very useful, thanks :)

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ZyrgEr 10 years ago

Basic stuff, yet people tend to disobey these. Btw bruteforcing is not affected passwords randomness. Password shouldnt be random gibberish, it should be long enough, easy to remember, password or its close variants should not be found from dictionaries. We made a tiny poll at school and it seems that ppl you same password in different places because they cant remember that many passwords.

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jmort47 10 years ago

I work at a large hosting company. You'd be surprised how many customers complain that our password requirements are too strict. I've also showed people how to view saved passwords in their browsers and they freakout because they had no idea that was there.