2. You’ve reinstalled your OS, applications, and all security patches which you downloaded previously. Now you want to setup/configure your OS and all applications that have an auto update feature for…you guessed it…auto updates. Then you need to install your firewall or ensure it’s enabled if you are using the firewall that comes standard with your OS (Windows or MAC) and also install your AV/Malware protection software of choice and then ensure it is updated with the latest virus definitions.
3. Now you want to create your standard user account (NON ADMIN ACCOUNT) and ensure you use the standard user account when you start surfing the Internet.
4. Change your default username and password on your router! If you cannot change the default username then you definitely need to set your password and ensure you use a good complex password. I recommend storing you password in a password protected document with an unassuming name. IE…don’t name the file “My Passwords”.
5. Change the name of your SSID to something unassuming and not readily identifiable as being yours. This is really important if you live in a metropolitan area where you have many neighbors who are also running a wireless network. Why make it easy for someone to figure out which network is yours...so name it something unique and not associated with your name. Smith's WiFi is not a good choice if your surname is Smith, but FBI Surveillance Van might be a good name...have fun and make it memorable.
6. Configure your router to use one of the DNS providers mentioned in Cybersecurity for Everyone such as OpenDNS, Norton ConnectSafe etc. If you do not have a router and only have one computer to configure then you can change the DNS settings for your network interface card (NIC) on your computer.
7. If you have a wireless router then you should configure WPA2 for all your wireless devices and set your DHCP settings to only allow the number of devices you have or enable MAC filtering...or both.
8. Also configure your Ethernet connections for security. We have a number of self-help videos on our website www.cybersecurityforeveryone.com so I recommend you check those to learn how to do this.
9. Find a password manager that you like and start using it for all your passwords. Do not use the password manager built into your browser or you are likely to have your passwords exposed.
10. Do not use the same password for multiple websites!