Thursday, May 31, 2018

How to protect your VPN(routers)

A Virtual Private Network allows users to send and receive data in a secure manner. However hackers are always looking for ways to penetrate secure networks.  There was an article which stated hackers have infected at least 500,000 private routers. This is a problem as you want to make sure the information you share while you are home is between you and the intended recipient. It is clear that hardware and software developers cannot protect us from all the threats. So we must take the proper measure to ensure out private home network is secure. 

VPN’s use protocols to communicate with each other such as TLS Transport Layer Security or SSL secure sockets layer. Which is a term which just means a secure method of communication between two parties or devices which ever one is used you have to make sure it is secured. One of the first things you need to do is secure all the devices on your network. 

Your Wi-Fi network password must be changed. This is a simple thing but you have to choose a password which is difficult to figure out but easy for you to remember. I would highly recommend the passphrase method. I wrote post a while back which provides examples on how to use a passphrase.

When you purchase your router it will already have default setting which help you set up your home network but trust me this is already public knowledge especially to hackers so you want to change this. You want to change the default IP address and default log in password.

Lastly this is a simple when you are asked to update your software on any device do not delay the update. The developers are always looking for ways to improve the software of the device, it performance but most importantly the security. I would highly recommend backing up router settings before any update.

I hope this is helpful as always please leave a comment

Mark Carbajal

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