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Home Network Security Monitoring Tips and Tools


The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a remarkable pivot towards remote working and remote learning for many businesses and educational institutions. Virtually overnight, staff and students relied on their home networks for work and school. But, in too many cases, organizations have failed to take adequate steps to protect home network resources from newly remote end users. As a result, home network security monitoring has become a trending topic.

In many cases, home networks today consist of more than just laptops. Everything from thermostats and smart speakers to refrigerators is connected to the internet. A 2019 survey by consulting firm Deloitte found that the average US household has 11 connected devices.

These are attractive targets for hackers who can force their way into the home network through all the potential openings of these devices. With many workers staying at home and more remote learning, employers and employees need to be proactive in monitoring home network security.

Tracking Devices and Internet Activity

Consumers have several home network security monitoring options, including free or relatively inexpensive services that alert users to serious threats and deflect attacks.

But end users should also take other steps to protect their home networks, starting with changing the default network name on their router. This simple step will prevent cyber attackers from identifying the make and model number of the router. With this information, attackers can discover known vulnerabilities that they can exploit.

End users should also configure a strong password. To make sure the password is hard to crack, use a mix of upper and lower case letters, numbers, and special characters. Also consider using a password generator to make sure the home network is secure.

Consumers can also use a firewall to block threats, but that’s not enough. Home network security monitoring services rely on cognitive technology, including machine learning, to identify potentially dangerous traffic devices. These services, which are provided through an ISP, track devices on the home network and malicious Internet domains. Home network monitoring services alert users to threats and can automatically block websites serving malicious content.

End users can configure their own policies to prevent unauthorized sites or users from communicating with their devices. Home network monitoring services are usually affordable and billed on a monthly basis. Some are free with the purchase of a firewall or other security device.

This was last published in September 2020

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