Did you know that October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month? Practicing cybersecurity is more important than ever in an increasingly digital world where online theft and scams have become commonplace. At LADWP, we want to create a culture of cybersecurity by educating our customers and employees so they can take proactive steps to identify threats and protect themselves.
Here are some tips to secure your own smart devices (electronics that are connected to the internet):

1.       Connect only what you need: If your device doesn’t need to be online, don’t connect it to your Wi-Fi network.
2.       Know what you have connected: Turn on your wireless network and audit your connected devices. Perform upgrades to see what is no longer working.
3.       Keep it updated: Don’t put off software updates – they might be a patch for a security flaw. Turn on automatic updates if you have them.
4.       Use strong passwords: Use unique, complex passwords made up of letters, numbers and symbols. Consider a password manager to securely store it.
5.       Do the two-step: Two-factor authentication, such as a one-time code sent to your cellphone, can keep the bad guys out of your accounts.
6.       Set up a guest network: Keep your Wi-Fi account private. Visitors, friends and relatives can use a separate network that doesn’t tie into your devices.
7.       Avoid public Wi-Fi: When you’re away from home, use a mobile device instead of public Wi-Fi for your device. If you are on public Wi-Fi, use a Virtual Private Network (VPN).
8.       Configure your privacy settings: If your device allows it, limit the amount of information it collects or shares, or disable information sharing.
9.       It’s always listening: If a device takes voice commands, it is constantly listening and can record you. Review privacy options and place it away from sensitive conversations.
10.    Give it a name: Manufacturer router names can identify the make or model. Give it an unusual name that doesn’t give away personal information.