Securing Your Home Network
Consider Upgrading Your Router
Most people will have a router supplied by their Internet Service Provider (ISP). These are of course perfectly adequate for getting you online, which is why they are supplied to you in the first place. However, their feature set is usually at the basic end of what you can get in a router. All routers have built in firewalls, but if you are prepared to spend more money on a router, then you will get one with a more advanced firewall that can be configured more specifically. More advanced TP-Link routers also quite often have antivirus software built in (although you sometimes have to take out an extra subscription for this) that can identify threats before they even make it to your PC or other devices, and keep you more secure. So access to these advanced features with the purchase of a router is well worth considering.
Don’t make your WiFi network identifiable - use a generic name for it
A mistake that people will often make is naming their Wi-Fi network something easily identifiable to everyone in the area – like Macdonald10Janice. Now everyone in your street knows exactly which Wi-Fi network is yours. If anyone has nefarious intentions, then you’ve just put a big target on your back. Even though it is harder to remember and identify, it is much better to either use the default name given to you by your ISP (e.g. OPTUS_6E386C) or router manufacturer (e.g. TPLINK-265F) as these don’t make you specifically identifiable to anyone. And even if you upgrade your router, you can use the same Wi-Fi network name and Wi-Fi password on the new one.
Make your wifi password long (at least 12 characters)
Use WPA3 encryption if supported by your router
Check your port forwarding settings in your router - make sure no ports are open unnecessarily
Make sure your router firmware is kept up to date
Just like how operating system software and application software needs to be updated because people can exploit vulnerabilities in it, router software (or firmware to be more correct) needs to be updated too. Some routers update themselves automatically (often in the middle of the night to avoid any interruptions to your usage) but other routers require you to log in to their web-based interface and manually trigger the updates. This is something you should check every two to three months to ensure your router is staying up to date and isn’t vulnerable to anything.
Get a Mesh WiFi expert to help
It’s important to cover all your bases and get your entire network checked by an experienced Mesh WiFi support consultant. We have experts in Melbourne that come out on-site to businesses and home residents. Start by giving our cybersecurity team a call for a complimentary phone consultation about securing your home network.