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Why Does Your Digital Security Affect Your Physical Security?

Over the past 18 months in particular, a lot of discussions have been made regarding digital security, especially as our lives have increasingly relied on the internet.

However, did you know that your digital security can affect your physical security as well?

An investigation by the consumer advice website Which explored this by creating a fake smart home filled with typical devices a smart home would have and found that a smart home can be attacked up to 12,000 times per week.

To protect yourself from this, your digital security needs to match the effectiveness of your home security systems, and here are some times to help with this.

Set A Strong Password

All of your devices are password-protected, but far too often the default password will be set to an incredibly weak and easy to guess word, such as “admin” “123456” or even the word “password”.

Often, using a unique password, using a mix of numbers, letter cases and symbols can be enough to stop casual hackers and attempts to add your devices to botnets.

Enable Two-Factor Authentication

Two-factor authentication, or 2FA, is another simple security booster that can stop a lot of hacking attacks before they start.

It works by asking for another piece of information that is generated, which can either be a code supplied by text message or email or to use a specific device such as a smartphone or key generator.

It is worthwhile to check if 2FA is enabled by default and to set it up if it is not.

Be Careful Of Phishing

Much like we should be wary of any unsolicited visitors to our door, we should also be vigilant to any emails that ask us to click a link or download a file. This can activate a file that can damage your device, delete your files or even allow someone to access it remotely.

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