How Secure is Your Home Network?

Your family will be able to access the internet more safely and securely with a protected home network. Most homes today have networks of internet-connected gadgets, such as computers, gaming systems, televisions, tablets, smartphones, and portable devices that connect to wireless networks. You must have the necessary tools in place to secure your home network and your family, as well as the assurance that family members can utilize the internet safely and securely.

 

The importance of a secure home network in terms of internet security cannot be overstated. Hackers can use weak networks to carry out a variety of cybercrimes, including malware installation, data and identity theft, and botnet creation. In this article, we’ll walk you through the most important steps to securing your home network, so you and your family may surf the web safely.

 

 

1.    Change the Default Name of Your Home Network

When you first set up a home network, it’s always important to change the default name, also known as the service set identifier (SSID) for security purposes. Many manufacturers set a default SSID for all of their wireless routers. Most of the time, it’s the company’s name. Each network that openly broadcasts its SSID is listed when a computer with a wireless connection search for and shows the wireless networks nearby. This increases the chances of a hacker entering your network.

 

2.    Create a Strong and Unique Password

A default password is pre-programmed into most wireless routers. Hackers can easily obtain this default password, particularly if they know the router manufacturer. Please ensure your wireless network password is at least 20 characters long and has a combination of numbers, letters, and characters. Hackers will find it difficult to gain access to your network if you choose this setting.

 

3.    Use Encryption on Your Home Network

Encryption is a feature that almost all wireless routers offer. It’s switched off by default. Encryption can be enabled on your wireless router to help safeguard your network. After your internet service provider has installed the router, make sure you switch it on right away. WPA2 is the newest and most secure type of encryption available.

 

If your router allows it, consider setting up a guest wireless network that is also protected with a strong password and uses WPA 2 or WPA 3. Visitors should use this guest network because they are unlikely to want (or need) to hack your network. However, they could still be utilizing devices that have been hacked or severely compromised before connecting to your network.

 

4.    Use VPN for a More Secure Network

VPNs, or virtual private networks, are mostly used to enhance internet privacy. VPNs encrypt your data, making it impossible for a hacker to see what you’re doing online or where you’re accessing the internet. Because the VPN’s protection is given through the router, even if the router’s encryption is hacked, your data is still protected by the VPN encryption.

 

A VPN can assist you to secure your IP address if you’re thinking about it. A VPN changes your IP address to make it appear as if you’re using your device from somewhere other than your home. VPNs are compatible with PCs, laptops, smartphones, and tablets.

 

5.    Always Update Your Firmware

Keeping your software updated, including your router firmware, is a smart cybersecurity practice. Hackers can take advantage of weaknesses in older firmware. Some routers enable users to check for firmware upgrades via the administration interface, and some even provide automatic updates.

 

News headlines about major malware attacks can often be the spark for firmware changes. The emergence of a serious attack will prompt router manufacturers to evaluate their firmware codes to verify that their equipment is not vulnerable to the specific threat. If it is, they will release a security patch, necessitating the need to stay current.

 

6.    Consider Changing the IP Address of Your Router

Hackers may easily find default router IP addresses. They can even be found on the internet from time to time. You can modify your router’s address for added security against router assaults.

 

Look for network settings or LAN/DHCP in the admin console of your router. Modify your IP address and save your settings. Please take note of the updated address.

 

Just changing a few numbers should suffice. Note that moving forward, you will enter your router settings using the new address once it’s changed. You can restore the factory settings of your router if you need to alter your IP address again for whatever reason.

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