Best Practices for Keeping Your Home Connected
& Personal Data Protection

Your ideal option is to have your router located in the middle of your house on the top floor.  If you have a wired connection, you should consider using them to connect your WiFi points in your home. Wired is always a more solid answer than wireless when that is an option.

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Extending WiFi in Your House 

  • Home mesh setups (Eero / Google / etc)
  • Eero is the setup we recommend due to its ability to connect even a large home with full connectivity, while other mesh setups can but with less reliability, or need to have multiple units
  • Different then an extender – Uses new WiFi 6 to create mesh in your home
  • Check with your provider if they have an extended WiFi solution
  • FIOS

Home WiFi Best Practices

  • Have a generic WiFi Name (SSID)
  • Don’t use your last name or your address
  • Make sure your WiFi is setup with WPA2 (most providers set this up by default)
  • WPA2 is the industry standard for security WiFi network. Without WPA2 anyone can hope on your network. Once they are on your network, they may see your personal information
  • Setup a Guest WiFi for your guests
  • Separates your personal devices from your guest devices – you can delete at any point but provides them with “less” access to potential IoT items in your home
  • Most WiFi have this option built-in but not turned on
  • Setup with a different WiFi name (SSID) and password
  • Be careful what gets connected to your home network.  Make sure to change the default password on any device you connect to your home

Using Wifi outside of your home

  • Minimize your connection to public Hot Spots
  • If you need to use a Hot Spot, such as in a Hotel, use a VPN encryption service.  When you are on Public HotSpot your data is sent unencrypted and someone may be able to get into your computer or see what you are doing online.
    • Some examples are Express VPNor Nord VPN
    • Use the hotspot on your Mobile Device to connect your computer and tablets to the internet. (Check with your carrier on your data plan)

How to Secure Your Personal Data 

  • Make your devices are secure
  • All computers should have a user name and a complex password
  • Do not share the same user account with other family members
  • Your Mobile device should always be protected with PIN
  • Using Face or Touch ID with a PIN works as well

Best Practices for Locking your Mobile Phone 

Multi-Factor Authentication 

personal data protection on mobile devices

  • Make sure to use complex passwords and use a Password Manager
  • Most people use same the password or a variation of that password across most multiple accounts in their lives.   A password manager allows to have different, complex passwords across your accounts without having to remember them all.
  • Our recommendation for a password manager is LastPass.   Make sure that you remember your Master Password and setup MFA for LastPass.   LASTPASS WILL HAVE ALL YOUR PASSWORDS.
  • You can setup LastPass for Families -, you get 6 premium licenses for $4.00 a month.
  • You can use on your computer and mobile devices all together
  • Things you can control with your data
  • Personal Data
  • Never share personal data (Social Security number, Birth Dates, Bank account and credit cards
    numbers) in an unencrypted email.   Most providers such as financial institutions, accountants,
    lawyers, medical practices have secure portals which you can share this info in
  • Lock your credit Reports with all three credit bureaus
  • Experian - How to Lock Your Credit - Experian
  • Equifax - Lock & Alert: Lock Your Equifax Credit Report | Equifax®
  • Transunion - Credit Freeze | Freeze My Credit | TransUnion
  • Social Media
  • Make sure you understand who you are sharing your social media posts with.
  • Facebook Privacy Check - Facebook Privacy Check
  • Instagram Privacy - Privacy and Security • Instagram

Disposal of Electronic Devices 

Use Identity Protection Plan privacy checkup for personal data protection