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How to Keep a Secure Home Network

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With the digital age progressing more and more with each second that passes we are aware of the dangers and threats the internet has in store for us. We’ve seen recently with Twitter hacks and also Youtube hacks happening that no one is safe and we are all vulnerable from these malicious hacks. Let’s look at what we can do to protect ourselves online with as much as we can.

You might be surprised to learn how easy it is for someone to hack into a computer network. The fact is that many computer networks are practically defenseless to intruders. That would mean that these intruders can gain access to your data easily and use them to harm you.

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Network Security Hardware

What we consider a home network generally requires at least 2 devices connected to each other. Usually, these devices also connect to the internet and there’s where the danger comes in. It’s generally known at this point that devices running Windows operating systems are more at risk of getting hacked rather than those running on Macs.

Devices that can compromise a home network include routers, firewalls, or even modems. Depending upon the protocols you use, you may have even more devices linked to your network. For example, Bluetooth gadgets can sync with each other when they come within range of the network.

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Firewalls are to networks like water filters, they try to keep out the undesired things from reaching in. They help you monitor data traffic between your network and the Internet. If you detect unusual traffic, that’s a potential sign that someone has compromised your home network’s security.

If you use a wireless router make sure that you have set a password and enable encryption to be secure. Most routers have either Wireless Encryption (WEP) or Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) encryption options with the latter being more secure.

Network Security Software

For the software side of the security issue, there are several software that helps with that. If you don’t have a hardware firewall, you can use a firewall application to help protect your network. You can even use both a hardware and software version if you like.

While you may be able to avoid most computer viruses, Trojans, and other forms of malware through careful Web surfing habits, the truth is sometimes things slip through. All it takes is one mistake and you’ll end up with an infected computer. A robust anti-virus program can help keep your computer safe.

Anti-virus software isolates and neutralizes malware. Most anti-virus software searches for viruses by comparing the applications on your computer against a huge database of malware. If something matches, the software alerts the user and attempts to neutralize the program. For anti-virus software to remain effective, it’s important that you keep it up to date. Many programs have an auto-update feature that will download new virus definitions on a weekly basis.

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