This week included Computer Security Day which is great time to go over our five key steps to keeping your devices secure from our Geek Squad Agents.
Regardless of whether it’s a computer, smart phone, tablet or home security camera, keep your systems updated.
That means once you take that new router or camera out of the box, you should check for upgrades. A common issue is outdated firmware. Read the instructions on updates not just for security, but also for bug fixes, performance updates, anything the manufacturer might have put in since the item was boxed and put on the shelf. In most cases, it’s pretty painless.
You should also go through and change any default settings for anything that connects to the internet. Usually when you hear about problems with connected devices like web-cameras getting hacked, it’s because they were shipped with a default user name and password and people didn’t change them. Always check the default settings and customize them for your needs and make sure you’re not using the default password.
You’ve heard it before, but it never hurts to hear it again: Use a variety ofstrong passwords, and change them regularly.
Don’t use the same passwords for your router as you do for your bank. If someone gets access to that password, you don’t want them to try using it on all your other accounts, including your home devices.
You may even consider using a password management service, such as Lastpass or Dashlane.
If you want software service as well, our Geek Squad 24/7 Support plan includes premium Internet Security software at no additonal charge as well as tech support for up to 3 computers or tablets.
Back Up, Back Up, Back Up
Not backing up data is probably the thing people miss most when it comes to computer security. A lot of people know to get an antivirus program, they know to be safe on the internet, but they routinely come in with no backups on their data.
To protect your date, we strongly recommend having abackup regimen, in which you regularly transfer your important data and photos to either an online backup service, like iCloud or Dropbox, or to a hard drive—or both, for maximum security.
Build a Routine
When it comes to computers and smart devices, have a plan and stick to it.
In other words, every time you get a new device, you’re checking for updates, you’re putting internet security on it, and you’re regularly backing it up. If there’s something you’re not sure about or don’t understand, Geek Squad is there for you wherever and whenever you need us.
Geek Squad can install or repair thousands of products, from appliances to home theater to computers, no matter where you brought them. For more information, visit GeekSquad.com, stop into your local Best Buy or call us at 1-800 GEEKSQUAD (800-433-5778).