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3 Simple Security Steps for the Connected Home

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Web-enabled thermostats, door locks and lighting can be convenient for you, but also for hackers. Here are 3 security steps to take now.

 While new connected-home devices promise great savings and convenience, they also may carry security risks. Here are 3 simple steps you can take to protect the private information you store on home devices and networks.

1. Secure your Wi-Fi. Automating aspects of your home life with smart technology usually means having a Wi-Fi connection. Before you connect new smart devices, though, make sure your Wi-Fi network is secured with a strong password and firewall.
2. Secure your devices. When setting up devices, pay close attention to the instructions. Make sure you reset any default passwords to more secure ones. Existing devices—laptops, tablets, desktops—should also be secured with anti-virus and anti-malware software.
3. Consider setting up multiple home networks. Many routers allow you to set up more than one Wi-Fi network. So if one network were to be compromised, devices connected to another wouldn’t be as easily accessible.

No home is completely secure from break-ins and breaches. But by taking the above steps, you’re making it harder on those snooping for your data. And if, despite your best efforts, your information ends up in the wrong hands, there are other safeguards you can have in place. Credit monitoring is an important one.

With TransUnion Credit Monitoring, you won’t just know where your credit health stands—you’ll also be able to protect your credit with powerful, exclusive tools like TU Credit Lock. With one simple touch, TU Credit Lock makes your TransUnion Credit Report off-limits to everyone—cyberhackers, identity thieves and other criminals.



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