We are living in an age of data breaches, security hacks, social media shenanigans and all sort of online threats that can make anyone worry about their security. Businesses have their own solutions, but what about our homes? Home wireless networks deserve attention, too, as they are just as vulnerable to security risks. That’s why we’re sharing these actions you can take to protect your home wireless network for a safer, stress-free online experience.

What are home wireless networks?

First, let’s define what we’re talking about. Home wireless networks are composed of the computers, gaming stations, phones and other devices that are wirelessly connected to your internet router.

How can I protect my wireless network?

Here are a few actions you can take to secure your home wireless security:

#1 Check your router name and password settings

Obvious names such as “The Smith family network” or weak passwords such as “password123” leave you open to targeted hacking. If you’re already a customer of Softcom and you’re worried about the security of your existing router name or password, or you are setting up a new router, please contact Tech Support for assistance. Changing settings on your own without alerting us of any changes can affect your connections.

#2 Shut down wireless routers when traveling

If you’re leaving for vacation, or even just a weekend getaway, turn off your router to shut down your wireless network. (Hint for families: This is also a great trick for times you really want to get the kids offline.)

For more tips about protecting your home when you’re traveling, as well as your home wireless network, check out this article: “What I need to protect my home while I’m away.”

#3 Make sure all connected devices are updated and have protection

All devices that access the internet from your home should have their own levels of protection as well. All computers and laptops should have antivirus and/or anti-malware security software installed. You can also install protective software on smart phones or laptops. For all devices such as phones, laptops and gaming systems, be sure to always install software updates as these often contain security patches. And make sure to use strong passwords on every device, using the strategies we outline here: “How to Create Strong Passwords.”

In this age where hackers are a continual threat, it’s necessary to be as vigilant in your activities at home as you are at work or on the road. Diligence with good password behavior and paying attention to personal and financial account activity are a few of the best actions you can take to protect yourself. If you suspect your home wireless network, or one of your devices or accounts has been hacked, please read “Tips to avoid identity theft online” for a checklist of what to do. And for any questions about Softcom routers, Softcom wireless home networks, or account security give us a call at (800) 982-7675 or 1 (888) 4-SOFTCOM, we’re here to help.