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Title: The ins and outs of Home Network Security


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The ins and outs of Home Network Security
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Table of Contents
  • Home Network Security
  • Website and Web Hosting
  • Home Network Securitys Misconceptions
  • Ways to Secure a Home Network
  • Regular Software Updates
  • Running Updated Antivirus Software
  • Removing Unnecessary Services and Software
  • Using Strong and Unique Passwords
  • Changing Default Log-in Passwords and Username
  • Adjusting Factory-default Configurations on
    Software and Hardware
  • Installing Network Firewall
  • Installing Firewalls on Networked Devices
  • Increasing Wireless Security
  • Regular data backup
  • Conclusion

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Home Network Security
  • Home network security refers to ensuring the
    security of a network that interconnects devices
    (routers, computers, smartphones, and
    Wi-Fi-enabled baby monitors and cameras) with
    each other as well as with the available Internet
    connection within a home.

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Website and Web Hosting
  • In the context of devices that are interconnected
    with the Internet, it is essential to mention
    websites and web hosting services before
    proceeding ahead. That is because the Internet is
    primarily used to browse numerous sites in a
    single day by various users.
  • A group of related web pages and content (data)
    that is available for online browsing is referred
    to as a website. It is located under a single
    domain and can be identified by a common domain
    name.
  • Every website is made accessible online by a
    certain web hosting service provider (also
    referred to as a web host). Server space is
    leased by this web host to store as well as make
    available the files of a website. These web
    hosting service providers also make available the
    necessary services and the technologies that
    deliver the files of a website to make it
    accessible for online viewing.
  • Terms such as the Best Cloud Hosting Company or
    the Best Windows Hosting Company in India as
    well as the Best Web Hosting Company in India
    are used to refer to web hosting companies that
    provide various types of web hosting services, as
    per the requirement of different websites.

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Home Network Securitys Misconceptions
  • Cyberattacks can take place in any network
    irrespective of its size or it being used at home
    or for business purpose. Any network connected to
    the Internet automatically exposes itself to the
    threats that exist in the cyberspace. Two of the
    most common misconceptions regarding home
    networks security are-Making multiple options
    (home, reload etc.) available, to ensure
    convenience of Internet browsing
  • The devices being used are secure unaided
  • A home network is too small or insignificant to
    be at risk

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1-800-123 -8156
  • Whoa! Thats a big number, arent you
    proud?

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Ways to Secure a Home Network
  • The ways to keep a home network secure are by
    updating software regularly, running updated
    versions of antivirus software, removing
    unnecessary services and software, using
    passwords that are strong and unique, changing
    default log-in passwords and usernames, adjusting
    factory-default configurations on software and
    hardware, installing network firewall, installing
    firewalls on networked devices, increasing
    wireless security, regularly backing up data.
    Each of these is discussed in more detail in the
    following slides.

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Regular Software Updates
  • This is the easiest and the most effective way
    to ensure the security of home networks and
    systems. Updates not only add new features and
    functionality but also contain critical patches
    and security fixes.

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Running Updated Antivirus Software
  • This ensures automatic detection and removal
    and/or quarantine of various types of malware. It
    is highly recommended to run antivirus software
    on all the Internet connected devices on a users
    home network. It is important to enable automatic
    virus definition updates to ensure protection to
    the maximum extent against the latest threats
    that exist in the cyberspace.

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Removing Unnecessary Services and Software
  • Those services and software that are unused,
    create security vulnerabilities in a device. A
    direct result of it, is an increase in the attack
    surface of the home network. Hence, in order to
    reduce the attack surface of the home network and
    the devices, it is necessary to disable such
    unused or unnecessary services and software. It
    is recommended that a user searches for and
    removes any service or software that isnt in use
    regularly.

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Using Strong and Unique Passwords
  • Plug-ins Strong and unique passwords should be
    chosen to secure the devices that are connected
    to the Internet. Moreover, it is recommendable to
    not use the same password for different accounts.

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Changing Default Log-in Passwords and Usernames
  • Default administrator passwords are
    pre-configured on many network devices. Such
    credentials are not secure and hence need to be
    changed to prevent cybercriminals from gaining
    unauthorized access to confidential and sensitive
    information.

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Adjusting Factory-default Configurations on
Software and Hardware
  • Such default configurations are not secure.
    Hence, cybercriminals may exploit this
    vulnerability, if these are kept enabled after
    being installed.

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Installing Network Firewall
  • It is highly advisable to install firewall to
    keep any home network secure. A firewall serves
    to block any malware from infecting a home
    network as well as alerts the user when there is
    any nefarious activity. It acts as a barrier
    against internal threats. Often the firewall or
    some of its features might be in a deactivated
    condition as per the default settings. In order
    to secure a home network the firewall needs to be
    on and the settings need to be properly
    configured.

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Installing Firewalls on Networked Devices
  • It is recommended to install a firewall on all
    the devices that are connected to a users
    network to ensure greater security. Such
    firewalls not only inspect but also filter the
    inbound and the outbound network traffic on
    Internet connected devices.

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Increasing Wireless Security
  • This is an extremely important step to ensure the
    security of any home network.

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Regular data backup
  • In order to ensure the safety of the important
    information (data) on a device that is connected
    to the Internet, regular backups of such data
    need to be created and stored. Data backups are
    essential and help restore the data in the
    untoward incidence of data loss caused by its
    corruption or theft. Either an external media or
    a cloud-based service or even a third-party
    backup application can be used for this purpose.
    In order to keep the backup information
    confidential, it needs to be encrypted.

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Conclusion
  • Any device that is connected to the Internet is
    always vulnerable to security threats if there is
    a lack of proper security measures. Hence, it is
    extremely important to secure home networks and
    systems adequately. Equipped with the information
    regarding the main and the easiest ways to ensure
    a home networks security, strengthening it
    becomes accomplishable without any challenge.

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