Living in an increasingly technological world means that our homes are filled with devices that allow us to connect to the internet. From your smartphone to your work tablet, these items rely on a fast and stable connection to work reliably on a daily basis. You will need home internet for most of the things you do today – from making calls to playing games.
During this pandemic period, these devices have proved invaluable by allowing most of us to work from home. We are able to keep up some level of normalcy in a comfortable and productive environment. However, along with these advantages come a few problems related to the use of technology – security. So, how do you get connected online? Wireless Solutions has your back.
Just like technology has improved, hackers and schemes have also improved over the years. Most people are unaware of the security risks that they are exposed to if their home Wi-Fi network is not properly secured. Hackers can easily gain access to your local Wi-Fi network, from which they can access all other digital devices connected to it.
Securing your LTE home internet is essential when it comes to keeping out attackers and protecting confidential data while working from home.
How to protect your home network
Working online is simple, and easy today. But to protect your system, there are a few steps you can take beforehand. These will help secure the network against unauthorized access.
- Make sure the Wi-Fi network is not on default
When you first receive your LTE home connection, you will be provided with a default username and password. This is set up so that the technician (or you) can easily program the device to your home. However, after setting up, the generic password shouldn’t be left as is. This would make the job much simpler for anyone attempting to break into your network.
After you have made changes to the username and password, you should also change the name of the LTE network. This is called the “SSID” or Service Set IDentifier. The default name will usually include the brand and model number of the router which is information you don’t want to share with attackers.
Remember though, after you change all these details, you will have to log back into each of your devices to use the internet.
- Update regularly
Just like with your PC or phone, your router can be updated by the manufacturer as well. When they notice a security flaw or want to upgrade the existing firmware, they will send out an update to all users. You need to update the router regularly so that all these leaks are patched.
You should also make sure to update the software of your PC and phone regularly to avoid any potential attacks. You can add a monthly reminder for all updates so you never miss even one.
- Enable network encryption
All new routers now come with an encryption feature that is turned off by default. This encryption can help to further strengthen the security of the network by adding an extra password layer on top of your existing router username and password.
To activate this, you will have to visit the router settings page and set the encryption option to either AES or WPA2.
- Enable firewall on your PC and/or router
A firewall acts as a barrier between your existing LTE network and unauthorized users from an external network. For the most part, LTE routers tend to have a firewall built-in and turned on. However, there may be times where the default option is “off”, so you should check the settings page to ensure it is switched on.
Also, ensure that your PC has the option turned on as well. If you’re using an older device, you may have to download and install a firewall option.
- Making use of a VPN
A VPN (Virtual Private Network) is an alternative method to browse the internet. It basically acts as a middleman between the device you are browsing through and the internet. You can use it to mask yourself online so that others will find it extremely difficult (if not impossible) to track you.
The VPN will mask your IP address (which gives away your location) and prevents any of your online activity from leaking into the hands of online users. This tool is a necessity for when you’re using public networks, but it can definitely add an additional layer of security when at home as well.
When working from home, typically there are going to be multiple devices connected to the same network. You will need a secure network and large bandwidth every month for work and pleasure purposes.
Wireless Solutions LLC offers an unlimited LTE home internet package that is safe, reliable, and affordable to use. Over the past year, the average amount of data consumed has jumped from 250GB per month to 400GB. If you use a limited data plan, this jump in data consumption would have cost you a fortune.
Make use of a secure and reliable connection with Wireless Solutions LLC today!