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3 Tips to Help Secure Your Home Network Against Hackers

This is a guest post from TurnOnVPN, a cybersecurity advocacy group. In this post, they go over some of the risks individuals may face on their home networks and how to defend against them.

We might be aware of how frequently cyber attacks happen to governments and large-scale companies and many may think, as a result, that only big brands suffer from cyberattacks. This assumption could not be farther from the truth.

Why would a hacker target you?

Individuals can also be targets of cyber attacks. Cybercriminals have their eyes on people’s financial information, which would grant them easy access to bank accounts and credit cards. If a criminal successfully gets your info, your credit cards can be maxed out without you ever initiating any purchase.

Hackers may also identify you as a possible entry point into your company. Phishing emails have become an increasingly common way of hacking. Scammers can pose as a business contact to ask for payment or company details in an email or get employees to download malicious software on a company device so they can enter the network. A compromised device makes it easy for criminals to penetrate an entire network. 

Some home networks can also be compromised, affecting appliances and devices connected to the network. Cybersecurity experts report that Russian hackers are targeting work-from-home employees in record numbers. Don’t underestimate the risks your devices may carry on your network.

Securing your Home network

You don’t need to be a tech expert to secure your home network appropriately. Some of the most effective, DIY tips you can follow are listed below.

Set Strong Network Passwords

For those using a home router, make sure your router password is very secure. 

Most router users do not even change the default router name and password. If hackers know the preset name of your network, they can easily look up the respective password online and could find their way on your network in no time. 

It is crucial to change your router name and set a strong and complex password. This article by HowtoGeek shows you how you can change your password.

Install a VPN

VPNs are not just there to change your location at will. Installing a VPN, such as Express VPN, on your home router encrypts your internet connection, preventing hackers from snooping in on what you are doing. VPNs tunnel your data through their servers so that even your ISP cannot see what you are doing on the internet anymore. This makes it even safer for you to send sensitive files and data on without worrying about them getting hijacked before reaching their intended destination.

Update your router

Routers get firmware updates and they’re usually required to fix vulnerabilities and any bugs found in the router. Skipping updates leaves you exposed to hackers who are aware of how they can take advantage of such exploits. 

The same is true for all of the devices and units connected to the network. Always remember that the network is only as strong as the least secured unit on it. Updating your router takes a bit of a different process so here’s a helpful guide.

Get Started Today

Hackers are striking once every 39 seconds. Just imagine how many hacking attempts have happened since you started reading this piece. The FBI also recently reported a 300% increase in reported cybercrimes since the Covid-19 outbreak. With a large majority of the workforce still working from home, these networks have become an attractive target for hackers. 

Now is the best time to start applying these tips always to stay safe and protect your data. 

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