iStock_000018807376_SmallAccessing unsecure networks in public places can lead to security vulnerabilities, or in the worst case scenario, an unauthorized source gaining access to a device. When protecting smartphones, tablets and laptops, users are discouraged from using public networks. While private networks are more secure, there are certain precautions the owners must take to ensure complete security.

Here are two ways to safeguard home networks

  1. Password protection
    1. If multiple family members or housemates are accessing a network, going without a password may seem like the easiest option, but could have consequences. Going without a password protection not only grants everyone in the house immediate access to WiFi, but everyone in the vicinity access to the network. To avoid a malicious source gaining access to a home network, the owners should establish a password to grant access.
  2. Monitor material
    1. One of the most common hacking schemes is sending an email with a compromised attachment from a seemingly important source. These attachments can not only affect the device their opened on, but can also grant access to the general network, and devices connected to that network. When checking emails, users should avoid opening any attachments from an unfamiliar address. If an attachment comes from an address that may sound important, like the IRS, users can call and verify the information.

When setting up a new home network, users should always purchase a password protected router. Along with password protection, monitoring what content is accessed on connected devices ensures no malicious sources are able to access the network, and in turn, other devices.