4 steps to protect your home network

Home network security is arguably one of the most overlooked aspects of internet security. While other equally relevant aspects such as child safety and phishing are given due consideration, home network security often gets lost in the mess.

Not having a secure network can leave it vulnerable to a range of potential threats, including network infiltration using malware, other viruses, and data theft.

Here are the main ways to secure your network:

1) Change the router’s default SSID and password

Each router comes with a default name and password out of the box. Now, the first thing to do whenever you buy a new router is to change the default SSID or maybe even make it untraceable. SSIDs can be up to 32 characters long, therefore, and create uncommon SSID names that don’t reveal your identity.

Also, also change the password. A strong password should ideally contain upper and lower case characters, numbers and symbols. Experts advise to keep changing your router password every 4-5 months.

2) Use a VPN

Using a virtual private network or a VPN is the perfect way to hide your IP address from dangerous entities such as hackers. Using VPNs, harmful websites and hackers can tell you where you are and other sensitive information that could get you in trouble.

Depending on your VPN, encryption helps protect your data and creates an extra layer of protection in case your network is compromised.

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3) Keep a check on MAC address filtering

Using MAC address filtering, you can choose exactly which devices you want to allow to connect to your Wi-Fi. Most OEMs offer MAC address filtering in the router settings, so you can add your device’s MAC address and prevent other foreign devices from connecting.

4) Keep your devices up to date and learn more about digital cleanliness

Just as you would wash yourself while dealing with real-world biological viruses, cleaning your devices is just as important to ensure that no threats reach your network or other devices. You can this a digital quarantine.

Only connect to trusted public networks and only reconnect to your home network when you make sure everything is secure. Public networks are notorious for infecting devices that connect to them, therefore, and make sure to clean up your digital life from time to time. Also keep your devices updated so that any vulnerabilities that may exist can be fixed.

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