5 things you need to update now because of the Ukrainian war


Anyone who thinks they are unaffected by the war between Russia and Ukraine is wrong. During World War II, conflicts were limited to physical battlefields. Thanks to the internet, cyber war is a new threat that affects every corner of the world.

While attackers are likely to target large corporations, agencies, and other organizations, the compromised organizations can still affect you. For example, a Russian hacking group took credit for a recent breach at McDonald’s, which puts your data at risk if you have an account with the company. Tap or click here to learn how the Russian attack on McDonald’s could be the first step in an all-out cyber war.

Act now to protect yourself from the onslaught of potential cyber threats. Check out this list of five ways to protect yourself. Make sure the following areas of your digital life are up-to-date and secure.

1. Router

Hackers can easily break into your router. Once inside, they can access any connected device, effectively destroying your digital life. Therefore, go to your router’s admin page and download any security updates.

Here are a few other ways to protect your router:

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To use encryption: Go to your router’s admin menu. Under the “Wireless” or “Security” menu, you can see the encryption status. If you have an older router, select one that starts with “WPA3”. If your router is not WPA3 compliant, “WPA2-PSK AES” is the next most secure option. Check your firewall: Most routers should have one, but you may need to check to be sure. Check your router’s advanced settings to confirm. Use Optimized Quad9 DNS Settings: This feature checks all the web links you click on a huge database of information. It protects you from malicious links. Tap or click here to use this powerful security tool for free. Deny remote access: Disable these settings completely. You can find them in your router settings under the heading ‘Remote Administration’.

Taking these steps can do you a lot of good in the long run. If you want to take it a step further and lock down your Internet of Things devices, we’ve got an excellent tip for you. Tap or click here for a setting you should change to prevent hackers from taking over your smart home devices.

2. Operating Systems

You’re putting yourself at risk if you’re on an older operating system. Updates usually contain fixes for old bugs. If you haven’t updated, hackers can hurt you with old attacks that you could have easily protected yourself from.

How to update your PC

First, tap the Start menu button in the lower-left corner of your screen.

Then select Settings. Tap Update & security. Choose Check for updates.

If an update is available, choose Download and Install.

Follow these steps to update your Mac

First, click on the Apple menu. It’s in the corner of your screen.

Then select System Preferences. Click Software Update. Finally, click Update Now.

However, your computer is not the only gadget that needs updating.

Don’t forget to update your iPhone!

These steps will work for your iPhone, iPad, or iPad touch.

Open Settings. Tap General. Select Software Update. Tap Install Now.

Even if you don’t use Apple products, you’ve come to the right place.

How to update your Android

Open your phone’s Settings app. Tap System at the bottom. Select Advanced. Tap System Update.

If an update is available, follow the steps on the screen.

You also want to use antivirus software on all your devices, from your phones to your computers. Here’s everything you need to know about it.

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4. 2FA on Financial Accounts

There is no tastier target for a hacker than your bank account. Once they have access to it, they can let you run dry. In an instant, they’ll steal your savings and run off into the sunset as The Tinder Swindler.

Therefore, take extra precautions with any financial accounts. Use complex, unique passwords with a healthy mix of numbers, symbols, and letters — both lowercase and uppercase. Tap or click here for five ways to create strong passwords that secure your accounts.

Don’t forget two-factor authentication. Most major banks offer these features. For example, Chase Bank and Citibank automatically enable it by default.

You do need to sign in if you use Bank of America or Wells Fargo. Fortunately, that is quite simple. Tap or click here to add two-step verification to your financial accounts. It’s a small precaution that makes a big difference.

5. Smart Home Technology

Don’t forget to protect your smart gadgets with two-factor authentication as well. Otherwise, a scary hacker can talk to your kids through your smart speaker. (Yes, it did — and it’s as disturbing as you’d imagine.)

This is easy to do: Log in to the app that belongs to your smart home system. (For example, SimpliSafe or Ring.) Then search around your settings and choose the option to enable two-factor authentication.

You should also lock your cameras with a strong password. Check your firmware every three weeks to make sure your cameras and other devices are loaded with the latest firmware. Connect to the Internet, have your cameras checked for updates, and agree to install.

While you’re at it, remember that any smart device is a potential gateway. We are talking about smart plugs and even printers. Tap or click here for a few ways to protect your printer from being hijacked.

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