Is Your Home's Network Secure?

by Allison Jaffe 10/13/2019

Not long ago to protect our homes from intruders we would lock the doors, the windows, close the blinds, leave a light on and possibly set the alarm. Today houses are full of devices that make our lives convenient such as computers, laptops, printers, smart televisions, streaming media devices, gaming consoles, smart appliances, digital assistants, mobile phones, tablets, baby monitors, web cameras, alarm systems, and cars. All of these devices have a commonality of being connected to the internet. Which means they also provide another means of breaking into homes... via the internet.

Protect your home network

Protection of your home network starts with your connection to the internet. You always close your windows and doors, and wouldn’t give strangers the keys, right? Make sure you are not allowing free access to your network by leaving your router or wireless access point unsecured. Some necessary steps to secure your network include:

- Change the administration login and password from the factory default. Anyone can quickly perform a web search and find the router or wireless access point manufacturers default username and password.

- On a wireless access point or router change the SSID (this is the name of your wireless network) you can name it whatever you want just do not leave the default name on.

- Enable encryption on your Wi-Fi network. There will be several choices of encryption to use. Select the WPA2 over WEP. If there is a choice of several WPA2 choose WPA2-PSK AES. Assign a passphrase that is at least 8 characters long and consists of letters (both upper and lower case), numbers, and special characters. The longer the passphrase the securer it is.

- Turn off guest networks unless you actually plan on using this feature.

- If your router supports the Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) disable it. This is vulnerable to brute force attacks.

- Ensure that the router’s built-in firewall is activated. It will be NAT (network address translation) or SPI (stateful packet inspection). The firewall is another layer of protection for your network.

Keep Your Connected Devices’ Software Updated and Secured.

Enable automatic updates for the operating systems on your desktop computers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. By getting these updates, you will get new software features and security patches for the device. Keep any anti-virus and anti-malware software updated too.

Over the next couple of days take a look at your home network and make sure you are not leaving the doors to the network unlocked. Talk to your technology providers about additional safeguards you can set up to protect your information.

About the Author
Author

Allison Jaffe

Welcome to Key Real Estate Services 

Providing professional representation for Sellers and Buyers throughout NYC and the northern suburbs.

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Meet Our Team

Allison Jaffe, Licensed Real Estate Broker

Office: 914-661-0340 or 718-874-2877, Ext. 2

Call/Text: 718-577-5284

Email: [email protected]

During more than 14 years as an independent broker, Allison has managed all manner of residential real estate sales – single and multi-family houses, condos, co-ops, and mixed-use -- from upper Manhattan, throughout the Bronx and Queens, across Westchester to Putnam and Rockland Counties. Allison specializes as a Sellers Agent, Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES), Estate Properties Agent, and a Certified Buyer Representative (CBR). Please see our menu of Client Services to learn more about each of these focused areas of real estate expertise.

"I determined early in my real estate career to focus on the specific needs of my respective clients rather than a specific geographic area. My job isn’t to sell buyers on a town or school district – they know where they want to live – my job is to sell the one property in that location that my client has to sell. My buyer clients want options and having lived and worked in Westchester, Rockland, the Bronx, and Manhattan, I know where to find those options.”

Linda Mancini, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

Office: 914-661-0340 or 718-874-2877, Ext. 3

Call/Text: 718-619-8022

Email: [email protected]

Linda joined Key Real Estate Services in 2017 to expand our client representation throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. Extending the firm’s core principal of market expertise, Linda specializes in HDFC (Housing Development Fund Corporation) apartments in NYC that keep affordable housing options open to financially qualified families.

"I’m happy to represent the firm’s client-centric, market expertise approach to real estate throughout NYC. After more than thirty years of experience with HDFC properties, I’m able to guide qualified clients through the particular challenges of buying into and selling out of this unique homeownership option.”

Lea Mae de Guzman, Client Care Coordinator

Office: 914-661-0340 or 718-874-2877, Ext. 1

Call/Text: 718-577-5286

Email: [email protected]

Overseeing transaction activity, Lea works directly with Allison and Linda to keep every sale and purchase moving forward efficiently. With her finger on the pulse of each client’s transaction, Lea is at the firm’s administrative hub for scheduling, document processing, and coordinated communication.

"While I attend to the day-to-day clerical and communication needs for all of Key Real Estate Services’ clients, Allison and Linda are free to give their undivided attention to one client at a time in the field. I’m sort of the company's human tracking app that every client can access online, by text, or on the phone.”