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BEST PRACTICES FOR SECURING YOUR HOME NETWORK


Secure your home network

To prevent cyberattacks, individuals often have fewer safeguards in place at home than at work. That can put your organization at risk if employees work from home. A few steps the National Security Agency (NSA) recommends to better secure your home network are:


1. Change Default Passwords and Usernames


2. Enable Encryption- To do so, ensure your router supports encryption protocols such as WPA2 or WPA3.


3. Update Firmware- Check for firmware updates from the router's web interface or on the manufacturer's website.


4. Enable Firewall - Enabling a firewall on your router to protect incoming and outgoing traffic.


5. Disable Unused Services


6. Secure Wi-Fi Network with these steps:

· Changing the default SSID (network name)

· Disabling SSID broadcast

· Enabling MAC address filtering

· Disabling WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup)


7. Use Strong Passwords


8. Create a Guest Network


9. Limit Physical Access - Ensure that you place your router in a secure location, such as a locked cabinet or a room with limited access.


Securing your home network is essential for protecting your personal data from threats. By following the best practices, you can ensure that your network is better protected.


Article used with permission from The Technology Press.

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