Securing Your Home Network
Almost every home nowadays has their own network setup through a router of some sort. This allows many devices to be connected to wifi at home all at the same time. These devices usually include computers or laptops, gaming consoles, tablets, and smart phones. However, having your own home network also means that you are vulnerable to cyberattacks which means you need to secure your network. To protect yourself from these cybercriminals, you need to have the right tools and protective equipment to ensure you and your family can safely use the internet at home.
Securing Your Router
Securing your router is the most essential part of securing your home network. Since you have a wireless connection (wifi), it means you have a wired internet connection running from a modem to your router. Your router then allows you to connect wirelessly to your modem’s internet connection. This means that if your router is left unprotected, so is your wifi and every device connected to it.
Here are some ways to protect your router:
Set a new password: When you first set up your router, it will come with a simple default password. The first thing you should do is set up a more complex password. For more information on how to set a strong password, read the “Tips for a strong and secure password” article.
Use a Firewall: A firewall is one of the best ways to keep hackers out of your network. Most routers come with a built in firewall, however, it may not be the best out there or up to date. For more information on choosing a firewall, read the “Firewalls: The ultimate crime fighter” article.
Guest Login: Depending on which router your purchase, you may have the option to create a separate guest login for your network. Doing this will allow you to set limitations on the use of your network for your guests.
Other Ways to Secure Your Home Network
- Always keep security software up to date
- Have a firewall or other form of protection on all devices connected to your network
- Back up all of your sensitive information on a separate hard drive or server in case your do get hacked