Are you being reactive or proactive this year? Most small businesses (and residential) proactively patch their servers, desktops and mobile devices by regular automatic updates throughout the year. Because many rely on automatic updates, some updates may be missed.
The following devices don’t normally receive automated updates to protect them from hacking or malware, so they need to be checked manually. The end of the year is a good time to check for and apply updates to these devices. You should manually change passwords and check for firmware updates for devices including:
- Wi-Fi Devices
The first thing you will need to do is change the passwords on your modems, routers, and Wi-Fi devices. A good password will include upper case, lower case, numbers, special characters, and be at least eight characters long. Make sure you update the Wi-Fi devices to match your connections on the modem and router. Otherwise you could have problems.
Once the password is changed, you will need to check for firmware updates for your modems, routers, and Wi-Fi devices.
You will also need to update the firmware on your switches. This only needs to be done if it’s a managed switch. Most businesses with 20 – 30 computers have managed switches.
Basically, a managed switch allows the pipeline for data to be increased or decreased for individual computers.
An unmanaged switch is generally what you will have for your home to automatically manage your TV, smart devices, game consoles, etc.
Your printer also has firmware that needs to be updated. So make sure you check for updates periodically. To do this go the the company’s website, for example HP, and input the printer model number. Then you can see if firmware is available and how to install it.
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All the best and stay well,