If there is one place where you should feel completely safe and protected, it’s in your own home. Your home is where you and your family learn and grow together, and it’s where you can let your guard down. Similar to your home, your computer is vitally important to keep protected from any and all threats. You keep passwords and vital information stored on the hard drive of a home computer and on personal laptops. The most common way for someone to have their identity stolen is that they didn’t have their computer properly protected. To better protect you and your family from any and all harm and theft, here are the 3 things that you need to do.

  1. Get a Home Security System

The first thing that you should go out and do is get a home security system. Having a system can put your mind at ease when you go to bed at night. You can sleep soundly knowing that if anyone tries to break in, the alarm will wake you and alert the authorities.

There are several different types of systems that you could get. If you get a basic alarm, it will trip the doors and windows and set off an alarm if an intruder wither breaks a window or gets the door open. You can get a more advanced system that will both set off an alarm and call the company. The company will then immediately contact you and ask if the alarm was an emergency. If you don’t answer the phone, they will alert the police. If you get the most advanced system, the system will come with cameras that you can place around the home that will let you see the intruder as they come and have proof of the break-in. Of course, each system comes with a different price, so look through the prices and pick which plan works best for you and your family.

2.Get Defense for Your Computer

You need to make sure that your computers are protected against APT or advanced persistent threats on your software. An APT allows the hacker to enter your computer and steal sensitive data. The attacker gains access to a network and stays undetected for an extended period of time. That type of hacker is extremely dangerous since, for the most part, you don’t know that they’re there until it’s too late. APT usually target businesses, private organizations, and other groups that have access to a wide variety of finances.

For your home computer, you might wonder how a hacker gets access to it. Home computers are often just as big of a target as banks since one computer can then launch thousands of attacks. They gain access through emails containing viruses and malware, links to suspicious websites, social networking pages, ads, and fake promotional material. You have to be extremely careful about the emails that you open (if you don’t know the sender) and the pages that you visit. Make sure that you install all the appropriate software to protect your computer from hackers.

  1.  Be Suspicious

It sounds like odd advice to give, but you really do need to be suspicious of certain types of activity around the home and online. There’s really no way to stop your home phone from receiving scam phone calls but what you can do is know how to recognize them. A spam phone call will start off by saying that there is some sort of problem with your computer or your finances (like a credit card), they will then ask you to confirm that it’s you by having your repeat your username and password or pin. They might also ask you to go to your computer and log onto a specific website. Both of those are scams to either hack into a bank account or to get access to your computer. Either way, be careful. Be wary of people who come to your door and don’t give out any sensitive information. Always stay on the side of caution.

Make sure that you’re keeping your family safe by taking steps to protect them. Make sure to install a security system and make sure that your computers are protected. Sit down with your family and talk to them about these types of issues and explain to them what they should do if they come across anything that could be suspicious online or over the phone.  If you do that, you can be sure that you and your family will be protected.