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Keeping Your Home Network Secure

by Gema Smith 06/30/2019

Not long ago to protect our homes from intruders we would lock the doors, the windows, close the blinds, leave a light on and possibly set the alarm. Today houses are full of devices that make our lives convenient such as computers, laptops, printers, smart televisions, streaming media devices, gaming consoles, smart appliances, digital assistants, mobile phones, tablets, baby monitors, web cameras, alarm systems, and cars. All of these devices have a commonality of being connected to the internet. Which means they also provide another means of breaking into homes... via the internet.

Protect your home network

Protection of your home network starts with your connection to the internet. You always close your windows and doors, and wouldn’t give strangers the keys, right? Make sure you are not allowing free access to your network by leaving your router or wireless access point unsecured. Some necessary steps to secure your network include:

- Change the administration login and password from the factory default. Anyone can quickly perform a web search and find the router or wireless access point manufacturers default username and password.

- On a wireless access point or router change the SSID (this is the name of your wireless network) you can name it whatever you want just do not leave the default name on.

- Enable encryption on your Wi-Fi network. There will be several choices of encryption to use. Select the WPA2 over WEP. If there is a choice of several WPA2 choose WPA2-PSK AES. Assign a passphrase that is at least 8 characters long and consists of letters (both upper and lower case), numbers, and special characters. The longer the passphrase the securer it is.

- Turn off guest networks unless you actually plan on using this feature.

- If your router supports the Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) disable it. This is vulnerable to brute force attacks.

- Ensure that the router’s built-in firewall is activated. It will be NAT (network address translation) or SPI (stateful packet inspection). The firewall is another layer of protection for your network.

Keep Your Connected Devices’ Software Updated and Secured.

Enable automatic updates for the operating systems on your desktop computers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. By getting these updates, you will get new software features and security patches for the device. Keep any anti-virus and anti-malware software updated too.

Over the next couple of days take a look at your home network and make sure you are not leaving the doors to the network unlocked. Talk to your technology providers about additional safeguards you can set up to protect your information.

About the Author
Author

Gema Smith

Gema S. Smith has been an influential pioneer in the luxury real estate industry for over 30 years. With a reputation for providing first-class service and garnering impeccable results for her clients, Gema’s accomplishments have earned her mentions in San Jose Magazine as well as two State of California Senate Certificates of Recognition. 

Unapologetically persistent, tenacious in her negotiation and passionate about developing genuine trust with her clients, Gema brings her best-in-class service and award-winning approach to The Agency, with a focus on the high-end market of Silicon Valley. Previously, Gema served as a Broker Associate with Intero Real Estate Services in San Jose, where she was a consistent top producer and recognized as a Top Listing and Sales agent for the company’s 15 corporate offices. Knowing that every buyer and seller has their own unique story to tell, Gema is proud to play a role in her clients’ ongoing narrative and represent their best interests in what is often the biggest transaction of their lives. 

Gema has been an active member of the real estate community since 1987, getting her start in the loan business before obtaining her real estate and broker’s licenses. In 2002, she opened a real estate brokerage and loan company which she ran successfully until 2008, when she chose to focus her efforts on real estate sales full-time. Gema is a long-time member of the Santa Clara County Association of Realtors (SCCAOR) and California Association of Realtors (CAR), as well as a Certified REO & SHORT SALE Specialist with The Five Star Institute. She is also a two-time Santa Clara County Chapter President of NHORA (National Hispanic Organization of Real Estate Associates) and currently sits on the NHORA National Board of Directors. 

A passionate philanthropist, Gema sits on the Board of Directors for the Jose Valdes Math Institute. Her commitment and dedication to the advancement of educational opportunities to underserved communities defines her character. In her spare time, Gema enjoys gourmet cooking, entertaining family and friends, wine tasting, reading, jogging and traveling.