Steps to secure your home network
Laptops, desktop computers, streaming devices, smartphones, smart TVs, smart speakers, security cameras … the list seems to get longer by the day of devices connected to your home Wi-Fi network. It’s possible to have a dozen or more devices connected to your network at any given time, which leaves you vulnerable to hackers.
A secure home network will help reduce the risk of having someone access your sensitive information, as well as keeping away unauthorized users from accessing your Wi-Fi and freeloading on the internet service you pay for.
SECURING YOUR NETWORK
There is no foolproof way to prevent hacking, but there are measures that you can take to reduce the risk. You should always secure your wireless network to help prevent unauthorized access and potential threats.
If possible, place your router in the center of your home. Routers send wireless signals in all directions, so by placing it in a central location will help contain the connection within the confines of your home.
One of the simplest ways to strengthen network security is by implementing a strong and unique password combining a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters.
You can add an additional layer of security by enabling two-factor authentication, which requires users to provide two forms of identi cation to access the network (usually a password and a code either emailed or texted to your phone). While this can seem annoying, it ensures greater protection.
You should also update so ware and firmware regularly. Hackers exploit vulnerabilities in outdated so ware and systems, so it’s essential to keep everything updated. These updates o en contain patches and security fixes that address vulnerabilities in the system.
Use firewalls and antivirus so ware. Firewalls are the first line of defense against network attacks, and antivirus so ware is the first line of defense against malware. Routers usually have firewalls turned on by default, but you’ll want to double check this.
Frequently inspect the devices connected to your network. If anything looks suspicious, disconnect the device and change your password. After changing the password, you will have to reconnect all your previously connected devices but any unauthorized users or devices will be terminated.