We live in such a connected world. People of all ages are using technology to their advantage to shop, secure their homes/cars, watch tv shows and movies, listen to music and much more, but with access to all of these things – we take a lot for granted: security and privacy most importantly.
Although there is no real guide to protect you 100%, there are still prevention steps that can be taken to increase the security of your home network:
- Keep your devices protected.
- Do you have a firewall software installed?
- Modify your home wireless network name.
- Place the router in the middle of your home.
- Strong passwords are everything!
If you frequently use certain devices make sure to have the latest software updates installed and have the proper security measures in place. It is best to have anti-spyware and antivirus protection to keep your information secure.
If you don’t already – you should. By having firewall software installed, you are able to help stop viruses, bugs and hackers from trying to attack your computer over the internet.
Once your home wireless network has been set up, change the SSID (Service Set Identifier), also known as your home network name. If you change the name, it will make it more difficult for hackers to gain access.
You don’t want your wireless signal reach to be too far outside of your house. By having your router in the middle of your house, your access in your home is evenly distributed and it won’t be as far reaching, which means hackers will have less options for breaking into it.
Whether setting up a computer password, online banking or new email address, you know how important having a strong password is. When choosing a password for the network admin, use a combination of numbers, upper and lower case letters, and special characters.
Protect yourself from cyber criminals by using these security tips that can help to keep you continuing to have safe and secure experiences on the internet.