IT Security: Protecting your Home Network
Most households now run networks of devices linked to the Internet, including computers, laptops, gaming devices, TVs, tablets, and smartphones that access wireless networks. To protect your home network, follow these steps:
Secure Your Wireless Router: Unless you secure your router, you’re vulnerable to people accessing information on your computer, using your Internet service for free and potentially using your network to commit cybercrimes. Your Wi-Fi network is controlled by something called a Wi-Fi access point. The access point is what wirelessly connects your devices to the Internet. One of the first steps to securing your Wi-Fi network is limiting who can administer your Wi-Fi access point and how they can access it.
Change the name of your router: Another option you will need to configure is the name of your Wi-Fi network, often called SSID. This is the name your devices will see when they search for local Wi-Fi networks. Name your network something unique so that you can easily identify it, but make sure it does not contain any personal information.
Change the pre-set password on your router: Always change the default administrator login and password to something only you know.