10 Ways to Strengthen Your Network Security
Take the Necessary Steps to Protect Your Connected HomeA connected home is one in which all of your Minnetonka, MN home’s devices communicate with each other to make it more efficient. Unfortunately, having a lot of devices linked to your network can also pose some serious risks. Many companies focus on their product's smart features and not so much on security loopholes. We ensure you have a secure home network so your family is less vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Read on to learn 10 steps you can take to optimize network security. SEE MORE: 4 Reasons to Upgrade Your Network
- Change Your Network Name: Many router manufacturers or internet service providers name the network after their company. Hackers will be able to find your network and immediately learn valuable information about it simply from the name. For this same reason, you should never name it after your family name or address.
- Create a Unique Network Password: When you receive your router, it will come with a default password that is easier to hack. As soon as you install your network, create a new password that includes numbers, letters, and symbols in random order. Your password should also be at least 15 characters long.
- Encrypt Network Traffic: Invest in encryption technology, like WPA or WPA2, which scrambles the messages sent through your wireless network. Even if a third party makes it through, they won’t be able to decipher valuable information. We ensure all your devices have matching encryption so they can communicate effectively.
- Router Placement: Your router should be placed centrally so your signal doesn't extend beyond your property where it can be detected by others. Position outdoor access points strategically, so only a small signal extends beyond your property line.
- Update Your Network SoftwareMake sure your router software is constantly updated since most software upgrades are designed to patch up security holes. We recommend restarting your router regularly so software updates can be made.
- Create Dedicated VLANs: Divide your network into subnetworks so you can separate systems that may be especially vulnerable to attacks. For example, your security system should always have its own dedicated VLAN so that it is not compromised if another device in your home is hacked.
- Install Network Firewalls: Your firewalls are your personal cyber guard dogs. They require permission for anyone looking to enter or leave the system so that unauthorized parties cannot access your devices or information.
- Invest in Secure Devices: We work with you to ensure the smart devices in your home have strong security measures and the latest software or firmware for added protection.
- Become an Educated Consumer: You also have to be smart about your network use. Make sure sites you are using are secure before sharing your personal (especially banking) information and never click on a link from an unverified source.
- Upgrade to Unified Threat Management: For larger homes, it may be worthwhile to invest in a UTM. Typically used in commercial settings, UTMs combine various security features in one including anti-virus software, firewalls, VLANS and data protection.