Easy way to secure your home internet

Updated: May 18

A quick guide on how to secure your home internet infrastructure.

Easy way to secure your home internet

Companies have a good reason with security in discouraging you from working at home. Vocations in the finance, defence and technology are concerned the average employees home is not secure enough and may lead to data leaks. Data leaks can be costly and in some cases, lead to the slow destruction of a company. On the other hand, the environment in your home is so small that it would be much easier to make it more secure than your company itself. If we think about it a fire station or a police station, it is better to have them fragmented around the city than run from one giant location. The same thing we can say about security, and if companies were to advise their employees on right practices and explain some minimum requirement in security, this could lead to a tighter security environment for your organization.

Easy way to secure your home internet

Secure your surroundings

Easy way to secure your home internet


It's doubtful a breach to occur around your home, especially if you live in a culdesac or landed property surrounded by retirees. Denser homes such as flats or condominiums do pose a higher risk, but these 'WIFI-hacking' risks we can quickly curtail. A straightforward way to do this is password management. Mixing and matching letters, numbers and symbols are a great way to ensure more difficulty for intruders to access your local connection. Even if your password is 'password', it can be made more effective by substituting some words with symbols and letters that play some resemblance, for example 'P@s5w0rd?' is a much more secure password than you might think. Of course, we recommend using a separate password for the best result. Changing your password regularly every six months should also be considered, this might pose a slight inconvenience to yourself and family members, but the effectiveness for securing your internet is massive and highly recommended.se

Easy way to secure your home internet

Hardware and software firewall

Easy way to secure your home internet


First, let us address the firewall in your software; we are speaking to the Windows users here. Please keep your firewall turned on and your Windows updated to the latest version. We understand how annoying it is to wait for an update to finish, so best leave these updates at the end of the workday. Preferably 11 pm when you begin to retire from the day or earlier officially. If you are going for your couch, check for an update. We think manual settings are best because in most cases if your laptop or computer turns off, an automatic update scheduled for 1 am cant happen. Or even worse, the update starts when you start the laptop in the morning and wish to begin your work.


Easy way to secure your home internet

Another addition to your home security, we recommend is a hardware firewall. And before you start to cringe and think 'but I'm not a technical person', we thought of that too. Which is why we recommend acquiring models that plug and play. Take this model 'Netgear ProSAFE FVS318G' for example.Please note this is not a branded article, so there is no link provided. Plug and play firewalls are very easy to install; they come in between your internet modem and your wireless router. All you do is put these devices in between, turn on the power, and installation is complete. Simple. Hardware firewalls may not prevent social engineering attacks like phishing and ransomware, but they are great for DDOS attacks, internet traffic inspection and encryption. Some of these models also support VPN, which provides an added layer of security. Do you feel safe yet? If not, we have one more measure for you.

Easy way to secure your home internet

Antivirus & Endpoint Protection

Easy way to secure your home internet


Antivirus software is excellent if there is only one computer in the household. But for an environment where your spouse and children are using multiple computers, an endpoint solution is better. This matter is up for debate when it comes to personal use, but here are a few things you should lookout. You need software that says it has protection against ransomware and phishing attacks. If yours is one of two computers in the household, install the antivirus software on both computers to secure your environment. But if your household has many computers and tablets under one roof, endpoint protection might be more viable. Rule of thumb would be, for anything less than five computers or nodes, antivirus software should suffice. If not, get an endpoint protection software and have it installed on all systems. The great thing about endpoint protection systems is how you can manage all of the nodes/computers from one management console. So you can regulate scans and checks using any computer by logging on to the portal.

And that is how you can quickly secure your home internet. Thank you for reading' Easy way to secure your home internet' by IT Block. IT Block is an IT support services firm based in Singapore, and we love sharing our IT expertise with the world.

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