Guest Networks and Network Security
We know that visiting suspicious websites on your home internet can leave you exposed to malware and viruses, but did you know that letting guests on your network also leaves you exposed?
Leaving your home network exposed also leaves room for hackers to access devices on your network, like cameras, doorbells, smart thermostats, TVs, Alexa, and any device that is connected to your wifi. The ‘smarter’ your home is, the more important it is to protect your network.
There’s several strategies to keep your home network protected. You can set network strong network passwords, create guest networks, or start at the source with your internet provider.
The number one way to keep your network protected is to create a strong password. Everyone who comes to your house will ask for your wifi password, but be careful. Once you give someone your password, they can tell it to their mom, their sister, their dentist, or just strangers on the street. We’ve talked about passwords before (read that here!), but we’ll go over the basics:
If you have a lot of people in your home for parties, holidays or just have people over often, you may want to create a guest network.
There’s two different kinds of guest networks – a temporary network and an endless network.
A temporary network has a start and end date. These are the most useful for events, so your guests can have wifi access while at your home, but the network will timeout when the event is over. You can set a guest password or leave it available. Either way, it keeps people off of your personal network.
Let’s say your buddies are coming over for a SuperBowl party. Everyone’s going to be live tweeting, checking stats, and googling the latest commercial. You don’t know where those searches will take them in the wide web, so you set up a guest network.
The network starts the morning of the party, uses the password TouchDown#1, and expires at midnight when all of your guests have hopefully gone home. Now whatever your friends are searching will stay on that protected guest network, and the password for your personal password stays private.
The second type of guest network is an endless network. These networks don’t have an expiration date, so you can keep up all the time. These are the most helpful if you often have guests in your home.
Network Security with Wisper Home:
And finally, one of the simplest ways to protect your devices and your network is to start right at the source. Services like Wisper Home App and the Wisper Care plan block any negative invaders before they even get into the house.
Wisper Home and other similar services run in the background 24/7 and alert you anytime something tries to get onto your network. It works by protecting all devices on your network, preventing any outside access to those devices, and blocking data from suspicious sites.
As we mentioned before, some devices don’t have built in antivirus capabilities like your phone or computer. Your smart TV or video doorbell have access to a lot of your information, but aren’t inherently protected. Protecting them at the source keeps your information safe and private.
Network security is important to protect your data, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. Keep your password strong and private, set up a guest network when you need it, and keep all of your devices protected from invaders with Wisper Home.