With many adults, students, and children being faced with working and studying from home, it’s important to think about the security of your home network to protect from a cyberattack. Home networks refer to the devices which are accessible to the internet, such as routers, computers, smartphones, smart TVs, and Wi-Fi-enabled devices such as baby monitors and cameras. Keep these tips in mind to help secure your home network.
- Secure Your Router: If you’re still using your router’s manufacturer default password, it’s past time for a change. Your password should include letters, numbers, and special characters in a combination you haven’t used on other accounts. You can also create an extra firewall by configuring your router to block unwanted incoming internet traffic.
- Secure Your Webcam: If you’re using an external webcam for videoconferences, disconnect it when you’re not using it. Be sure to change the default manufacturer password, and update software with the latest patches. For built-in laptop webcams, cover the camera and microphone when not in use, and be circumspect when an application requests access.
- Beware of Phishing Links: Phishing scams are on the rise. Don’t click on any links or open attachments unless you’re 100% certain the sender is who they claim to be. Confirm requests for data or personal information with a quick phone call to protect against spear phishing.
- Update Account Passwords: Don’t reuse passwords from other accounts. Double-check with services such as HaveIBeenPwned.com to see if any of your existing accounts have been part of a data breach.
- Place Controls on Children’s Internet Activity: Keep your children off of your work computer and be sure to require administrator passwords that they can’t guess to install new software and apps.