Important preparatory checks and changes for better online security

In this section, we’ll cover off some important steps that we need to take in order to ensure that our digital environment is as secure as it can be. This will help us to guard against identity theft and more effectively manage our online reputation. Using strong and unique passwords is essential, but using them in an insecure environment isn’t going to move us forward all that much. We first need to shore up our own home systems, with a sizeable focus our wireless router, which has a track record of being hopelessly insecure when it first comes of out the box. If it looks like a long list, that's because there are lots of holes to fill. There really is no getting around that fact. So we'll start with our wireless router, and make sure that it is set up to keep uninvited guests out. And we'll then move onto securing other important and risk-laden systems.

Priority #1 - Securing the network with WPA2 and AES

Getting access to your routers configuration

Router configuration walk-through #1

Router configuration walk-through #2

Priority #2 - Disable Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)

Priority #3 - Disable Universal Plug and Play (UPnP)

Priority #4 - Disable Remote Management

Priority #5 - Bolstering the router's passwords

Priority #6 - Other important security measures

Priority #7 - Using the browser to remember passwords

Priority #8 - Lock down your email systems

Priority #9 - Keeping your system up to date with the latest security updates