Preparing For the Holidays with Vilo  

The holiday season is fast approaching and it’s one of our favorite times of the year. There will be dinners to plan, houses to decorate, gifts to buy, and travel to plan. This year is expected to be even busier than usual as many are traveling for the first time in a while. Joyous reunions will be taking place over turkey dinners and gift exchanges. But we know, with so many great plans in store, this time of year can also be overwhelming at times. You may be unsure where to start with your holiday plans and how to make this year extra special, but don’t worry Vilo is here to make the holiday season a little easier. We’ve gathered a few of our favorite holiday tips and tricks to make this year an easy and enjoyable one!  

Set Your Holiday Budget   

With so much to plan and do it can be easy to get carried away with spending, trust us, we love online shopping as much as the next person. So, setting a budget early in the season can help ensure you don’t overspend before the year is over. Set aside time to review your upcoming plans for the year, what costs will be involved and when purchases will need to be made. Look for budget friendly gifts that are a guaranteed crowd pleaser, we’re of course fans of the Vilo Mesh Wi-Fi system as the ideal affordable gift, but there are lots of great budget friendly gifts this year.

De-clutter and Clean  

Worried about the in-laws coming over, hosting for the first time in a while and everyone will see your home? Start de-cluttering now! Cleaning for guests always seems more overwhelming as you want your home to appear spotless for them. If you start decluttering now your home will be easier to clean and tidy when it comes time to entertain. That old hallway cupboard that’s full of unused coats, the cabinet full of old routers and wires, that one junk drawer we all have, yeah, those spots, start clearing those out now, and hosting your guests will be a breeze this year. This is also a great time of year to donate any unwanted items to those in need!  

Guest Networks  

What’s the first thing people ask when they come and stay with you? It’s almost always “What’s the Wi-Fi password?” If you are hosting family and friends this holiday season you might not want them all connecting to your personal network. With Vilo Guest Networks you can set up a Wi-Fi network just for them. This way you can set up an easy-to-remember Wi-Fi name and password and set a time limit on how long the guest networks lasts, you don’t even have to remember to turn it off. Setting up a guest network is easy and quick, check out the setup guide here.  

There are many ways that you and your family can get ready for the holiday season, but Vilo, the easy Wi-Fi, your holiday season just got even better!

Stay connected this holiday season!

5 Ways To Ensure Your Internet Safety

Cyber security is constantly on the minds of many, the internet is so prevalent in our day to day lives and many are concerned about how they can ensure they and their families are safe while online. Multiple aspects of our lives are now controlled by devices and so much of our information is out there for all to see! Ensuring you are staying safe while online and keeping your family safe is more crucial than ever. So what can you do to guarantee your safety while online?

Make your devices secure with Vilo

Passwords

We get it, forgetting your password is so irritating! And having to go through the reset process is not fun, but it’s there for a reason. Your password is the gateway to all your information, and we mean all of it! Think of the many things you do online, banking and bill pay, shopping, social networking and so much more. The last thing you want is someone gaining access to any of that personal information. So when it comes to passwords the key is to make them long and strong. As tempting as it may be to have an easy-to-remember password using a strong password is crucial to your online safety. This applies to not only your Mesh Wi-Fi network password but to your online accounts as well. It is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to passwords.

Device Access Control

Know who is on your network! Your home Wi-Fi Network is the portal to your online world, knowing who has access to your network is important for your online safety. With Device detection on the Vilo App you can get notifications when new devices join your Wi-Fi network. If you see an unknown or unwanted device join your network you can quickly block them from your network, ensuring your Wi-Fi network stays safe and secure.

Avoid Open Wi-Fi networks

Open Wi-Fi networks are a danger zone for Wi-Fi safety. While they may prove useful when you are away from home and in need of a strong Wi-Fi connection, avoid using them for any work or billing purposes. If you can hotspot from your phone instead, or wait until you are back on a secure Wi-Fi network to handle any personal online matters. This will help avoid people accessing your information.

Turn On Automatic Updates

You want to keep your apps and software as current and up to date as possible, whenever companies discover a hole in their security or software they issue updates as quickly as possible. You want to get these updates as soon as possible so if automatic updates are an option for any of the devices you use turn them on. Don’t waste time delaying the update process. Turn on automatic app updates for your Vilo App through the App Store or Google Play store settings on your phone.

Parental Controls

As an adult, you may be able to more easily avoid the pitfalls of online security. You know what sites to avoid, and what not to click on or open. Your children, however, will most likely need more guidance. Parental controls are a great way to protect your children while they are online. With Vilo’s free parental controls in the Vilo App, you can easily block unwanted or harmful sites, as well as set time limits on Wi-Fi usage. You can rest assured that your family is safe online when using Vilo.

With more and more people online, and more and more being done via the internet your online security is more important than ever! Continue to check on your networks and online habits to make sure you are safe and secure online.