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Cyber Security Awareness Month Week 4: Network Week

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    Cyber Security Awareness Month Week 4: Network Week

    We network better together

    Let’s face it: If we had to rank all the devices we have in our homes, modems and routers would probably end up somewhere near the bottom — if they even cross our minds at all. And since they’re the reason many of our internet-connected devices work at all, it seems a bit unfair, doesn’t it?

    Until now, our Wi-Fi networks and devices have been unsung heroes. But this week, it’s time to sing their praises — and give them all the attention they’ve earned.

    94% of Canadians have internet access at homeNote i

    Which means that most of those Canadians either have a:

    • modem - connects your home network to the internet
    • router - lets your devices use the internet connection
    • modem and router combo - connects your home and devices to the internet

    to connect them to their home internet or Wi-Fi network.

    That's more than the people who own:

    So why don't we appreciate them as much?

    Sure, routers and modems aren't as flashy as those other devices, but they are the things that keep them all working together.

    Because our networks do so much, we need to be extra careful to keep them secure.

    9 in 10 Canadians have a unique Wi-Fi passwordNote iii

    68% of Canadians don't use their router's default passwordNote iii

    17% of Canadians use a guest network for smart devices and visitorsNote iii

    Especially with public networks.

    87% of consumers have potentially put their information at risk while using public Wi-FiNote iv by

    • 59% - logging in to personal email
    • 25% - accessing financial information
    • 16% - online shopping

    Strengthen your network connections:

    • Update your router's name and password
    • Use a separate network for smart devices and guests
    • Turn off Wi-Fi on your devices when not in use
    • Use a VPN when accessing public Wi-Fi
    • Don't access or send sensitive information on public Wi-Fi
    • Never connect to unfamiliar networks

    Get more tips on how to appreciate your devices at GetCyberSafe.ca

    Footnotes

    1. i

      Canadian Internet Use Survey, Statistics Canada, 2019

    2. ii

      Digital 2020: Canada, Kepios, We Are Social, Hootsuite Inc., 2020

    3. iii

      Get Cyber Safe Awareness Tracking Survey, EKOS Research Associates Inc, 2020

    4. iv

      2017 Nonrton Wi-Fi Risk Report, Norton by Symantec, 2017

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