If you’ve got one or two computers in your house, a Wi-Fi network and a smart device such as a TV, you’ve got a home network that needs protecting.

Unless you’ve checked each device and the wireless router and ensured the smart device has a strong password, you never know whether your home network is secure.

Secure your computer

Computers, tablets, and smart phones are all vulnerable to malicious malware that sneaks in via the internet or from apps, especially those that are free. Free apps can be a cover for spyware, viruses and other forms of malware.

To protect your devices make sure you’ve got good antivirus protection. BullGuard protection is highly regarded in the industry; it’s won a lot of awards and continues to do so. It protects PCs, Macs and Android devices.

A good tip for mobile devices is to only download apps from official stores such as Google Play and Apple’s App Store. The risk of downloading apps from other sources is that the apps could be booby-trapped with malware because they don’t go through the same evaluation process as official stores. 

Secure your Wi-Fi

The router provided by your internet provider will have a default network name and password. However, most routers have easy-to-discover names such as admin/admin or admin/password.

Hackers can do a simple Google search for your router model to discover these default credentials. They can then use your Wi-Fi access, rename the network, set a new password and reconfigure any other available options.

If you haven’t changed the network name and set a new password it’s a good idea to do so.

Disable router remote access

Some routers allow you to access their interface only from a connected device. However, some of them allow access from remote systems, which is a bit of a godsend for hackers.

If you turn off remote access for your router, cyber miscreants won’t be able to access your router’s privacy settings from a device not connected to your wireless network. To make this change, access your routers web interface and search for ‘Remote access’ or ‘Remote Administration’ and turn it off.

Internet of Things devices

Most IoT devices have a default password that is easy to discover via an internet search. If you have one of these devices and you are using the default password, it’s time to change it.

Cyber crooks have infected many smart devices using default passwords and are adding them to botnets at speed. Unprotected smart devices also provide an open door into the home network; hackers can remotely take control of smart devices, sniff network traffic and also potentially plant malware.

Home network scanner

BullGuard Premium Protection features a Home Network Scanner which is ideal for securing smart devices. It constantly scans the home network and every device on it including smart speakers, thermostats and baby monitors. When a new device connects to the network it automatically performs a deep scan and device status check.

Of course you don’t need to buy BullGuard Premium Protection to secure your home network. But if you’re adding IoT devices to your network, whether its smart speakers, baby monitors, security systems and so on, it’s an extra layer of security specifically designed for smart devices and certainly one that is worth considering.

Any of the above points are good steps that will certainly increase your home security. In a follow up blog we’ll be providing more specific information for maximum router and home network security