by Safe Haven, Admin
Home security can extend far past simply securing your windows and doors. It’s also vital to secure your wireless network in a world filled with technology and interconnected devices. Rest assured, today’s thieves are working on new ways to steal from you. One major point of entry for an outsider is a device you may not even think to protect, your wireless network and router.
Your wireless router helps to connect numerous devices in your home including computers, tablets, smartphones, game systems, televisions and even wireless security systems. While connecting these devices to your home network may make your life more convenient and allow you to adjust or interact with them via the Internet, you could be leaving yourself open to a malicious cyber attack. In an interview with a Geek Squad agent, Better Homes and Gardens learned a few tips on how to increase your home’s wireless network security. Perhaps to of the easiest ways to increase this security is to not only change your network name but also choose a secure password that can not easily be guessed. Tech support companies such as Geek Squad recommend changing your network name to something that does not provide potential threats with too much information such as your address or last name. They also recommend more complex passwords that utilize a mix of characters and special symbols to help add complexity.
In that same article, Better Homes and Gardens also discusses how thieves with access to your wireless routers can grant themselves access to personal information such as credit card numbers, banking information and much more personal information without your knowledge. This becomes a danger as you may not even know that someone has stolen this personal data before it’s too late.
An important part of improving your digital security is regularly updating your smart devices. These updates improve security functionality to help repel would-be intruders from accessing your devices, according to Norton.
The relatively recent trend of wireless home security systems also adds to the potential of a thief gaining access to your home. If someone were to hack your network, they could potentially turn off your alarm system and enter your home. This would allow them to take their time in searching your home for your valuables without the worry of being caught by the police.
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