5 Tips to Safeguard Your Home Network
As long as our devices are connected nothing matters and due to this we overlook the risk involved in connecting multiple devices with the home network. Here in this article we cover different ways using which you can secure your home network.
But, before that we would like to ask certain questions from you. If the answer is yes for them then your home network is at risk and you need to secure it. So here we go, Do you:
- Have Wi-Fi at your home?
- Have at least a single device connected to the Internet?
- Ever have friends or family over who connect to your home network?
Most of will say yes, and if that is the case then here is comes the big question:
1. Are you sure your home network is secure?
Don’t have an answer for this one, still thinking? Don’t worry by the end of this article you will be able to answer this question.
1. Secure Your Computer
The First and foremost step towards securing your home is to check your computer, tablets and smartphone for security vulnerability. The best way to identify a susceptibility is to install and use a good antivirus software. There’s no shortage of security products in market but identifying the best that suits your need is difficult. Therefore, we would like to recommend our Systweak Anti Malware as it offers advanced protection and covers multiple devices including mac and Android.
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However, if you don’t want to use the recommend product you can use any other of your choice. But doing so don’t forget the thumb rule always download apps from official sources like Google Play, App Store for Mac and iOS, or app’s site. Doing otherwise, might put your system at risk and you may end up downloading a somewhat modified version of the app that will be filled with adware, spyware and crypto mining tools.
2. Change Default Password of Your Wi-Fi
When your home gets an Internet connection for the very first time your network provider mostly installs it with default username and password that you should change. As failing to do so puts your complete home network at risk. As anyone can search for your modems or network providers default details on Google and then can hack into your network or can use the bandwidth for which you pay. Is it right? Of course not.
But then what is the solution, to stay secure from such attacks user needs to reconfigure modem, rename the network and set a new password. Plus, he should update the router’s firmware.
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Also a guest network for family and friends can be setup up as this will help you secure your home network and will protect it from being mess.
3. Secure Interconnected Internet of Things and Smart Devices
These days most of us use Internet of Things devices but do you know these devices put you at risk, as their developers do not pay attention to device security. Therefore, to avoid being a victim it is suggested to connect Internet of Things devices using a guest network that doesn’t have default password.
As a device with default password gives ease of access to hackers and they create army of botnets.
4. Shutdown Voice Assistant and Webcam When not in Use
This is the most important step towards home security. When it comes to securing home network or computer network shutting down webcam and voice assistant is important. As someone around the globe can watch you with help of your webcam and voice assistant. Several cases of data breach and cyber-attacks are reported due to webcam and voice assistant security vulnerability.
To deal with and avoid this problem, cover you webcam with a tape when not in use. Besides use a good antivirus software that comes with the option to restrict access camera.
5. USB Threats
Last but not the least of threats is an infected USB. Ever found an USB device at the parking lot, office lobby or somewhere else? If the answer is yes, we recommend you never use such USB as this is a trick adopted by hackers to spread infection. What they do is they leave infected USB devices at a public place and wait for someone falling for the trap. As that infected USB is used on a machine they start accessing data from the device.
Now, that you know what a USB is capable of if used without knowing what it has you need to remember never to plug in such devices into your computer otherwise your one small step may end up costing you thousands. Always remember curiosity kills the cat.
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These tips if kept in mind will help come few steps closer to a securing home network. If there is something that you would like us to add more, please leave a comment.