Internet usage has changed dramatically in the past two decades with well over 80% of Americans using the Internet. Most households access the Internet from their homes in addition to using it at work or school. While home Internet usage is easy and opens up worlds of opportunities for digital movie, photo and music streaming, it can also open homes up to security breaches. Here are five simple measures that the average homeowner can take to improve home Internet security.
Change the SSID
The Service Set Identifier, or SSID, gives the home’s WiFi network a name. Most routers come with automatically set names based on the manufacturer’s name. Families should change the SSID to an easy-to-remember option that protects them from neighbors unwittingly using their data as well as from hackers.
Change Default Passwords
Along with SSID changes, families should also set up new passwords to keep their online work private. Most routers come with automatic four-key passwords that are typically 0000 or 1234. Families should create longer passwords if possible that make use of an array of numbers, letters and special characters.
Find A New Router Position
Depending on the strength of the wireless router, its signal may extend past the home’s walls. This can allow neighbors and other unwanted individuals to access the network. Placing the router in a central location will ensure that it creates an even signal throughout the house without extending too far beyond the walls.
Install Security Software
Numerous companies sell security software that can provide home Internet connections with vital firewalls. This software can also protect against viruses, malware and phishing schemes as long as families keep the software updated. Of course, professionals, such as Holdens Electrical Contracting, can be called in to set up large amounts of software or to build new, secure networks. While many professionals focus on business aspects of Internet security, they can also help set up or improve home routers or build LAN or WAN connections
Home internet is a great way to connect with family and friends, to shop and to enjoy digital content. Because it can be a way for others to hack the computer or mobile device that is on the router, families must take active steps to improve their security. For difficult situations and questions, professionals can help reroute homes that have been hacked.
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