The world continues to become more dependent on technology and online devices. This is true in workplaces and homes as well. While many people may believe that large organisations or government agencies are the most likely targets for cyber-attacks, it’s important to realise that individual homes may also tempt cyber-criminals. Furthermore, the rise of remote work may make home networks a vulnerability for your employer.
Consider the following steps to ensure that your home network is secure:
- Change wi-fi router usernames and passwords. All routers are programmed with a username and password for the first time that users access the equipment. It’s important to change these immediately, as generic usernames and passwords can be easily found and hacked by cyber-criminals.
- Change the name of your home network. If someone within range opens a list of nearby wi-fi networks, they can see yours. Wi-fi routers and networks may, by default, be named something that includes the manufacturer’s name. This may help hackers figure out how to exploit or gain access to the network.
- Turn on encryption. Modern wi-fi routers include encryption settings that may be turned off when you first purchase the equipment. Access your router’s settings and look for ‘WPA 2’ or ‘WPA 3’, as these options provide the strongest cyber-security.
- Set up a guest network. Even for visitors you trust, such as friends and family, it’s important to set up a separate guest network from your home network. This is a necessary precaution due to the risk of a guest’s device possibly being compromised with malware and allowing it to connect to your primary network, compromising your own devices. Your guest network should also be encrypted and protected with a strong password.
In today’s world, even the average homeowner may be a tempting target for cyber-criminals. As such, it’s important to protect yourself.
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