Hey folks! Whether you were aware of it or not, it’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month!
That’s right. For all of October, you’re encouraged to batten down the hatches on your network and help others learn how to do the same.
But, and you might be expecting us to say this, every month is cyber security awareness month at FlashRouters. So, as usual, we’ve got some practical advice for keeping yourself safe online.
National Cyber Security Awareness Month
First, a little background on National Cyber Security Awareness Month…
It’s officially the eleventh year that we’ve been celebrating National Cyber Security Awareness month, as the Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security alliance first collaborated on this idea back in 2003. The idea is basically as simple as it sounds: people can celebrate this month through a series of suggested behaviors centered around promoting online safety.
This year’s theme is “Our Shared Responsibility”, and the organizers have a whole bunch of recommendations about how you can participate (taken from the DHS website).
|Week One: Oct 1-3
Promoting Online Safety with the Stop.Think.Connect.™ Campaign
|Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility, and everyone can take a few simple steps to make the Internet more secure. This week will also highlight efforts related to Executive Order 13636 to strengthen the security and resilience of the nation’s critical infrastructure.|
|Week Two: October 6-10 Secure Development of IT Products||Building security into information technology products, including the phones, tablets, and computers we use every day, is key to enhanced cybersecurity.|
|Week Three: October 13-17
Critical Infrastructure and the Internet of Things
|Highlights the importance of protecting critical infrastructure and properly securing all devices, including household items, that are connected to the Internet.|
|Week Four: October 20-24
Cybersecurity for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses and Entrepreneurs
|Showcases what emerging and established businesses can do to protect their organization, customers, and employees.|
|Week Five: October 27-31
Cyber Crime and Law Enforcement
|Working with law enforcement to combat cyber crime and educate the public on how to protect themselves from online crime.|
Now, obviously, we’re publishing part of the way through Cyber Security Awareness Month, but you can still catch up! In fact, we’ve got a few ideas ourselves below…
Celebrate National Cyber Security Awareness Month w/ a VPN & a FlashRouter
FlashRouters has a fairly simple protocol for staying safe online: we keep our passwords varied and recorded somewhere would-be identity thieves cannot access.
But the centerpiece of our cyber security plan, and any good cyber security plan , is a trustworthy VPN.
VPNs, or Virtual Private Networks, create a safe way to do everything you want to do online without worrying about compromising your security. When you log into your VPN, all of your online info is tunneled through encrypted servers set up all over the world by your VPN service. Send sensitive e-mails and enter your credit card number without fear, all thanks to VPNs.
And at FlashRouters, we’re affiliated with some of the best of the best. Check them out on our official supported provider list, and find the VPN that best suits you.
Best FlashRouters for VPNs
Of course, if you want to get the most out of your VPN, then you’re going to need a FlashRouter.
What’s a FlashRouter, you ask?
As the video explains, a FlashRouter is a surefire way to revolutionize your network. Any one of our DD-WRT or Tomato-flashed routers is guaranteed to improve your network’s speed, power, and versatility.
When used in conjunction with a VPN, there’s no limit to what you can do. Save your old router, and use our popular dual router setup, which allows you to switch back and forth between one dedicated VPN and your normal, day-to-day network with incredible ease. If you’re subscribed to any VPN service on our official supported provider list, your FlashRouter will show up ready to work with your VPN service. No tricky VPN installation processes necessary.
As we said above, you can’t go wrong with a FlashRouter, but if you’re looking to whittle down the best choice for you from our extensive list, we recommend checking out our recent best-sellers. There’s certain to be something there for you, from sleek, economy models with speed to burn (like the Linksys E1200 DD-WRT or the E2500 Tomato) to towering networking behemoths that crush every competitor in sight (like the unstoppable Netgear R7000 Nighthawk DD-WRT, or the Dark Knight itself, the Asus RT-N66U Tomato), and plenty in between (like the recently added Asus RT-AC68U DD-WRT).
Celebrate National Cyber Security Awareness month today and every day by joining the FlashRouters family and future-proofing your network!