Are your Christmas lights stuffing up your Wi-Fi?
CHRISTMAS is almost upon us and you might be thinking about dragging your decorations down from the attic.
But when deciding where to put your lights, make sure they don't go anywhere near your Wi-Fi router, reports The Sun.
Routers placed by Christmas tree lights might be affected by signal interference, according to Post Office Telecoms.
And it's not just lights that can cause an issue.
Routers placed near a telly or a window can have a detrimental effect on your Wi-Fi speed.
Even baby monitors and fish tanks can stop it working properly.
So if you've noticed that Netflix is buffering a lot or websites are slow to load on your gadgets, you might want to do a bit of interior reshuffling.
People appear to be suffering in silence when it comes to rubbish web speeds, with some buying new devices rather than fixing the core of the problem, research by the Post Office found.
Always make sure your router is plugged into the master socket rather than an extension cable so it works faster.
You can boost website and load time by updating to the latest internet browser, too.
Your Wi-Fi could be running slowly because hackers have turned your gadgets into "zombies".
It sounds ridiculous, but is a growing problem.
There's a chance that your router, smartphone or even baby monitor might be a "zombie" that's playing a part in a worldwide criminal network.
Laptops and webcams are just a few of the gadgets hackers are able to remotely take over and form "bot" networks or "botnets" made up of millions of hijacked devices.
These botnets seize control of internet-connected gadgets and put them to work spreading malware, generating spam and committing credit card fraud across the world.
In 2016 more than 6.7 million gadgets around the world were hijacked for these nefarious purposes.
ARE YOU PART OF A BOTNET? HOW TO STAY PROTECTED
To safeguard against malicious bots, follow this advice from Norton A bot might cause a device to slow down, display mysterious messages, or even crash for no apparent reason.
To avoid this happening, follow these steps:
• Install robust security software and firewalls to secure your device
• Never ignore system updates. Configure your software's settings to update automatically to make the most of patches and fixes that vendors provide
• Never click on file attachments within emails or messages unless you can verify the source of the attachment is legitimate.
• Be particularly wary of Microsoft Office attachments.
• Use a long password that contains numbers and symbols and never use the same password for multiple services
• Enable advanced account security features, like two-factor authorisation and login notification.
• Always log out of your session when done