Securing your home network is not just needed to protect your remote working environment, but to also reduce the risk of cyber threats to other members of your household.
Follow these 5 free and quick tips to improve the layered security in your home networking setup:
Change passwords to something unique and strong
You should change passwords on your Windows machines, printers and home router admin password to something unique and strong. This includes the Wi-Fi password, which is often not very complex and hard to remember.
To access your router, in a browser type one of the following addresses:
The access password for your device can be found here.
Use this site to check if your password is secure, aim for millions of years! We recommend 2 or 3 title case dictionary words, followed by 3 numbers and a special character. Easy to remember and secure. E.g. BananaBookTriangle396$ = 252 SEXTILLION YEARS before it can be hacked.
Make sure your home networking devices are up to date
In Windows search for Update and Check for Updates. On a Mac, you may need to check if your device is supported by the latest operating system before upgrading, check here to see if it is supported.
Check the manufacturer’s website for the model number of your printer, and router, then upgrade to the very latest version. If the latest version is years and years old, consider whether that device really needs to be on your network, devices that aren’t up to date pose a big security risk.
Install a reputable anti-virus and anti-malware package
We recommend BitDefender or MalwareBytes, then set up a weekly Full Scan. This is often missed, especially on Mac devices which are less resilient to malware than Windows machines at present.
Change your default DNS server from your ISP to something more secure
You could use OpenDNS (188.8.131.52 and 184.108.40.206), Cloud Flare (220.127.116.11 and 18.104.22.168) or Quad9 (22.214.171.124). This is a bit more complex but has a huge impact on cyber security.
Consider creating a separate “Guest” networks
If you have any devices that you cannot update to the latest version, or that you do not need to be able to communicate with from other devices, it is best to create a separate network for them. Most aftermarket routers have the option to create an “isolated” Wi-Fi connection.
So there you have it, our five tips for securing your home network! If you have any questions or need further assistance, please get in touch!