Our modern-day lifestyle depends on technology and that means these days, our homes are filled with gadgets and devices that are connected to the internet.
As we continue to depend on the internet for most of our daily activities, the need for a secure Home Network is extremely important.
Keeping your Home Network secured is more than just setting a complicated password. Here are 5 easy and inexpensive tips to enhance your Home Network Security:
- Change the router’s admin credentials and network name
Cybercriminals can hack and find default passwords online. Once they gain entry to your network, they can change the username and remove the owner from the network. When changing your network name, refrain from using personal information such as your name, address, telephone, and mobile number.
- Change the password frequently
Hackers have sophisticated tools to determine possible passwords and username combinations, so it is very important to change your password often. The best passwords are combinations of letters, numbers, and various symbols. Read our blog about passwords to learn more.
- Turn off the router
When you are not around, especially with long days of travel and even when you go to work, it is best practice to turn off and unplug your router.
Aside from reducing the risk of being hacked, this is a good practice of safety from appliance fires and saving the environment. This will also help you reduce your electricity bill and your internet consumption if you are using a metered service.
- Use a VPN
A VPN will allow you to communicate over an unencrypted network privately. You can read our blog post about VPN to learn more about its importance and benefits. By using a VPN, a hacker will not know your activities online or where you are located. A VPN will also change your IP Address making it look like you are accessing the internet from another location than your home address.
- Place the router in the centre of your home
Find the central point of your house and place your router there. In that way, signals can easily flow around your house, giving you maximum coverage of your internet. This will also have an impact on your security as it would be less accessible to other people compared to placing it near a door or a window.
Securing your home network should be given high importance as this is the first step to having a feel-good internet connection.