Securing Your Home Network
Hey, keep your hands off my broadband!
We’re taught from childhood that sharing is caring, but—like a stomach bug at crèche—not everything should be shared. So while it’s great to invite beloveds into your home and onto your network, without proper security, you could unwittingly host a block party.
What’s wrong with a block party—the more, the merrier, right? Wrong. It’s not about having more than enough gigs to go around (yeah, uncapped 1Gbps line, we’re looking at you), it’s about leaving yourself vulnerable to theft and attack.
Sadly, there’s a society of seedy characters who steal sensitive personal data and do your network harm. We’re talking about malware like ransomware, viruses, Trojans, worms—you get the gist.
We understand some attacks, like cloning your identity, passwords etc. Rendering your computer utterly useless? Who knows? What’s certain is that cyber-attacks seek out soft targets, namely, your home network.
Here’s a couple need-toknows when securing your home network.
The Internet’s underbelly drifters love default settings. Change default names, usernames and especially passwords (including administrative ones), and often! Brute force attacks don’t take long.
Think like a criminal. “TP-Link_AP0X7X” simply tells attackers which model to Google to find the device’s vulnerabilities.
Now here’s the kicker: personalise but don’t use personal information. Steer away from your name and other personal identifying information. Random is your friend. A network name like “Benjamin FrankLAN” works well. Of course, you could hide your SSID for added protection.
For passwords, string two or three random words together, toggle the case, sprinkle with numbers and special characters—Voila. E.g. Panda + Shoelace = p@nda5hoELAace. It’s memorable, but not personal.
Enable encryption with WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) or WPA 2, which is even better! Forget about WEP altogether. Here’s how to activate the best encryption for your network.
Secure End Points
Remember that your network is made up of all the devices that connect to it. Your computer, cell phone, tablet, SMART TV—all of those need to be secure too. Remove default names and install anti-virus software wherever possible.
Bonus Tips. Pull a Snowden and cover-up webcams. For extra measure, turn off your wi-fi when you’re not home- you’re not using it after all.
While speaking of software, make sure that your router’s is up to date. Each new update is a better version, where kinks and bugs have been worked out. Download security patches to plug holes for cybercriminals.
A firewall is a network security system (combo of software and hardware) that monitors incoming and outgoing network traffic, allowing or blocking specific traffic based on predefined security rules.
You know how burning a strip of grass prevents fires from spreading? That’s sort of what a firewall does. It creates a barrier. In fact, firewalls add a double layer of security. Whatever manages to leap the hurdle is thoroughly screened as well (learn more about How Firewalls Protect.
That’s really just the tip of the iceberg. There are more advanced tips and tricks to turn your network into Fort Knox, but we’ll leave it there for today. If you’d like to know anything specific, email us on email@example.com, and you could inspire an all-new post!
Until then, if you’re looking for hassle-free, lightning-fast home fibre Internet you’ve come to the right place.