Is Your Home Network Secure?

These days just about every home runs on a home network – after all, everyone needs to stay connected with their multiple devices. Whether you are running multiple computers, tablets, or even smartphones, your network needs to be secured. Without proper protection, people can access your personal data – or even access your file storage and documents.

Fortify Your Wi-Fi
Most homes run on Wi-Fi these days. If you have a home router, it came with a default log-in and password. You should change these immediately if you used the manufacturer provided name and also turn on your WPA or WPA2 encryption. Doing this will vary depending on the router, so you may need to consult your router’s user guide. Don’t forget to register new routers with the manufacturer too – doing so can ensure you are notified of recently released security updates.

Install Antivirus Software on Your Computers and Devices
Any computer or device that attaches to your home network needs up-to-date antivirus software. It is estimated by the Security Intelligence Report that one out of four computers have out-of-date software. Don’t skimp on your antivirus protection either. Cheap or free versions often cannot catch the latest viruses out there, but properly created and licensed software will – and they can also protect you against online threats.

Update Your Operating System
Your operating system – whether it is on a tablet or computer – can determine a lot about security. Attackers always look for holes in a computer’s operating system to access data and if you aren’t operating with the latest OS version, you give them easier access. It is estimated that 13 percent of operating systems aren’t up to date.

If you have automatic updates setup, you should still check to make sure you are on the latest version of your software – and update if not. Also, when your computer or device goes to update, don’t delay it. Most users will delay or select to install at a later date and then forget – leaving them vulnerable to attacks.

Uninstall Anything Outdated
If you don’t have the latest version of a particular app, you need to get rid of it. For example, if you’re still operating on Windows XP, now is the time to upgrade. Outdated apps have serious security holes and no one is sitting there updating them – but hackers are taking advantage of those still using these outdated versions.

Back Everything Up with a Secure Cloud Backup
When you are backing up your family’s data or even your whole home network, make sure the place you store all of it is equally concerned about security as you are. Not all cloud backup services have the same security protocols in place, but if you’re paying for a service, you need to ensure you get one that does.

Read our cloud backup reviews to see which cloud storage options are out there. If you’re not sure where to start, we highly recommend looking into CrashPlan or ElephantDrive first – both take security seriously.

Shailynn is a word slinger, chef, Pinterest addict and adult coloring book collector. As our Operations Manager and Senior Researcher/Editor, you will find Shailynn busy finding new companies and topics to research, but also handling the crazy day-to-day on the backend – and by crazy…we mean all of us. She attended the International Culinary Institute, where she studied pastry arts and she worked as an executive pastry chef before hanging up her chef’s hat and decided to work from home as a writer. She is a fanatic for a great cup of coffee or wonderful glass of wine! Shailynn is a mother of three and married to a handsome firefighter.

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