All individuals should pay attention to the security of their home network. Home network security is the protection of the connection of devices and Internet within the home.
Many home network products are pre-set with factory provided settings, such as default passwords and user names. If these factory settings are not changed, it leaves the opportunity for criminals to gain access to the devices and install malicious software.
Follow these tips, suggested by the government’s computer readiness team, to improve home network security.
- Change your router default login and password during initial setup.
- Update your software regularly.
- Remove unnecessary services and software.
- Run up-to-date antivirus software.
- Install a network firewall.
- Install firewalls on network devices.
- Regularly back up your data.
- Enable wireless security with the following steps.
- Use the strongest encryption protocol available.
- Change the router’s default administrator password.
- Change the default SSID.
- Disable WPS.
- Reduce wireless signal strength.
- Turn the network off when not in use.
- Disable UPnP when not needed.
- Upgrade firmware.
- Disable remote management.
- Monitor for unknown device connections.