How to keep your home network safe

With so many devices being used daily on your home network, from mobile phones to smart TVs, gaming consoles and more, it can be hard to keep up with the security needs of all these devices.

Your home network includes any devices that are connected to the internet in your home. These devices can range from a smart fridge to security cameras to even your lightbulbs! As these devices are connected to the internet, they have the potential to be hacked. Information can be accessed through these devices such as banking details and personal data which can lead to your accounts being compromised, or in some instances, identity theft. The differing security needs of all these devices can be overwhelming but follow our simple tips below to ensure you keep your home network devices safe.

  1. Update your factory default passwords. Use strong, unique passwords for each of your devices.
  2. Enable two-factor authentication (2FA) where applicable. This will provide extra protection for your devices.
  3. Check for updates. Ensure all your devices have been updated with the latest firmware. If they are not set to automatically update, apply them as soon as available.
  4. Use WPA2 encrypted Wi-Fi on your router.
  5. Set up a guest network on your router. This will protect your main home network if malware or other threats are accidentally introduced by your guests.
  6. Adjust the privacy settings on all your devices. Enable the appropriate privacy settings on each of your devices and disable features you do not use.
  7. Protect your computers, mobile phones, and smart devices with internet security software. Trend Micro Device Security Ultimate protects all your traditional devices such as PC, Mac, mobile phones, and tablets as well as all the smart devices such as gaming consoles, smart TVs in your home and more.
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