A cyberattack could take out your credit card, your home, or your entire family’s personal information.
And it’s far more difficult to stop than to stop a single person, as a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office suggests.
Here’s how to protect yourself and your family in the wake of an attack.
Protect yourself and family with a home firewall and network security plan.
A firewall is a device that automatically blocks all incoming and outgoing traffic on your network.
You may want to install a firewall to block traffic from your company or your home to prevent your home from becoming a hotbed of hackers.
An automated firewall protects against cyberattacks.
You can get a firewall from a manufacturer that has the necessary technology to block malicious and unsolicited data.
If you have a wireless network or are using a VPN service, a firewall can block all incoming connections.
If the firewall is not up and running, you can also configure a backup network firewall or create a separate, non-networked firewall.
But if your network’s firewall is down, a home network can be more effective than a wireless one.
For example, if you have an internet-connected router, you may be able to create a firewall with multiple access points that can work in concert to prevent all of your computers and your home network from being hacked.
Another option is to use a home router that has built-in security features.
These include an anti-theft device and an encrypted tunnel that allows for a firewall that only the router can access.
A router’s built-ins are a key to preventing an attack, because it can block only the authorized devices on the network.
Check your home’s security for common threats.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recommends you check your home for viruses and other harmful software.
In addition to checking for malware, your firewall can also check for malicious software.
For instance, a virus can be installed on your home router’s hard drive that could install a Trojan horse onto your computer and steal your personal information or credit card information.
To protect yourself, make sure that you have antivirus software installed.
You also can check your router’s network connectivity, and make sure your wireless router has at least two ports open.
Monitor for and take steps to prevent cyberattacks before they happen.
Many home and business systems aren’t up-to-date and don’t block all types of malicious software and other malicious activity.
However, some home and office computers are more susceptible to being hacked than others.
A good place to start checking is the Internet Safety Center.
The Web site offers links to sites that provide information about what your system can do to prevent a cyberattack.
The most important way to monitor for malicious activity is to check your computer’s system logs, or log files.
The logs can show whether or not a particular system has been compromised, whether it has been a target of a cyber attack, and how long it has remained secure.
For the most part, these logs show that your home or business is not compromised, but they also can show that a particular software or program has been installed.
Some home and professional systems also include a firewall on their networks.
These firewall software, or tools, can block unwanted traffic and prevent attacks from occurring.
In fact, many systems, including those that are powered by a computer or laptop, include anti-malware software.
You might also be able contact the manufacturer of the software or tool to see if it has any firewall protection built into it. 4.
Make sure your system is up- to-date.
Check the latest security updates.
If your home and workplace systems are up-time, then you can update your firewall and other security systems to protect against a potential cyberattack before it happens.
For more information on what you can do when you update your home security, see “How to Protect Your Home from a Cyberattack.”
Keep your computer secure.
To ensure that your computer is up to date, you should make sure the computer is running the latest version of the latest operating system and antivirus.
If it’s not, it could still be hacked, so be sure to protect your computer from that risk.
The safest way to keep your computer up-date is to connect to the Internet and log on as often as you can.
But you also can connect to your home computer from a different location using a computer that can connect via wired Ethernet or wireless, such as a tablet or laptop.
If there’s an unsecured network attached to your network, you might want to disable that connection.
If that unsecified network is accessible to hackers, they could then access your computer.
But that’s a risk that may not exist if your computer isn’t protected by a firewall.
Check for vulnerabilities in your network equipment.
If an attacker has installed malware onto your network or networked devices, they might be able gain access to your data.
For that reason, you’ll want to protect the information