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Tuesday, 02 April 2019 15:48

6 Tips To Get Your Home Spring Ready

Spring is a favorite season for most of us in New England. We are ready to plant, work in the yard and on the house, and we're ready to spend as much time outdoors as possible. In addition to enjoying warm temperatures and longer days however, spring brings rain, storms, and other hazards that could cause damage to your home. Follow this checklist from Central Insurance Companies to ensure that your home is prepared for spring weather.

  1. Check your roof for damaged or missing shingles. If damaged, call in a roofing professional before the next big storm.
  2. Trim damaged trees to prevent them from damaging your property or your neighbor's property. Winter winds, snow, and ice cause tree damage that may not be visible until a spring storm hits.
  3. Check window seals to prevent leaks from driving rain.Nor'easters are famous for driving rain and so are other storms. Check the interior of windows to detect possible winter damage. 
  4. Clean the gutters or call in a gutter cleaning professional. Gutters clogged with pine needles and leaves can block drainage and cause water damage to your home. 
  5. Change the filter on your air conditioner and/or have a professional inspect your system. Annual checkups will help to prevent issues when you need air conditioning most.
  6. Do a homeowners policy review with us to ensure you have the coverages you need.

Call us at800-590-5383 to review your homeowner's policy and to better understand the coverage your policy provides. 

 

Home network security refers to the protection of a network that connects devices to each other and to the internet within a home. Whether it’s staying in touch with friends and family, paying your bills electronically, or teleworking, the internet enables us to accomplish tasks more efficiently and conveniently from the comfort of our own homes. However, as we increasingly embed technology into our daily lives, the risk of security issues also increases. As a result, it’s imperative that home users understand and remain vigilant about the risks of being connected to the internet and the importance of properly securing home networks and systems.

2 Common Misconceptions About Home Network Security

Home users share two common misconceptions about the security of their networks.

  1. They believe that their home network is too small to be at risk of a cyberattack.
  2. They believe that their devices are “secure enough” right out of the box.

Most attacks are not personal in nature and can occur on any type of network—big or small, home or business. If a network connects to the internet, it is inherently more vulnerable and susceptible to outside threats.

Tuesday, 19 March 2019 00:48

Secure Your Wireless Router

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One of the leading cybersecurity firms in the U.S. reported that wireless routers were the most frequently exploited type of device. Yet, all new routers arrive with the same default password: "password." For security purposes that password should be changed toavoid unwanted access and to protect your home network.

Change Your Router Password

The first step to locking down your network is to change your wireless router's administrator password from the default to a more secure password to prevent unauthorized persons from accessing the web-based setup page of your router and changing any of its settings.  

The following instructions are for a Netgear router that was previously set up. If you are setting up a new router, follow the instructions provided. Click here for Linksys instructions.

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