Home security myths

March 13th, 2009

I keep coming across loads of home security myths on forums an din blog posts on the web. Most of these myths start out as good intentions but spread widely to become damaging urban myths.

Here are a few for you:

  • Hiding the SSID on your WiFi router makes you safer - it doesn't, and the same goes for MAC ID filtering and switching off DHCP
  • Writing down a password is bad - depends who you are trying to keep out!
  • A really long password is better than one that is 8 to 10 characters long - not usually.
  • You should run more than one antivirus/firewall software - that'll cause more problems than it solves.
  • Trust your security software - no piece of software can replace common sense!
  • Most PC problems are the result of malware/hacker - no, most problems are down to the user!
  • Most data loss is down to hacker/malware - again, no
  • If you see HTTPS in the address bar of a browser, you are safe - there's a lot more to it than that.

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