Wi-Fi Security Tips for Connecting Guests to Your Home Network

A friend is visiting your home and wants to use your Wi-Fi.  Offering guests a fast internet connection seems to be part of being a good host these days, so you tell your guest the home Wi-Fi network name and password. After all, you know this person, so you’re probably not even thinking of them as a security risk.

We know our guests, but we don’t know what might be attached to their devices.  Perhaps your guest visits your home right after joining a free, unsecured Wi-Fi hotspot at a coffee shop or airport where their mobile device became infected with malware. When an infected device connects to your home network, the infection can easily spread to other devices—which means your own computers, smartphones, and any other devices that connect to your home Wi-Fi network.  Malware is designed to seek out and infect whatever it can find.

What’s a good host to do for visiting guests wanting Wi-Fi access?  Here are three basic steps to keep yourself and your visiting guests safe on your home network

Top Three Home Wi-Fi Network Security Tips

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Change the default network name and password.  Make sure your router has a unique admin password and doesn’t still use traditional default router credentials, such as “Admin/Admin” for the username and password. It’s surprisingly easy for cybercriminals to guess the default router credentials, so make sure you create a unique password that:

  • uses at least 14 characters
  • contains upper and lowercase letters
  • uses at least one special character

Set-up a guest Wi-Fi network. Have a guest network stemming from your main home network that is dedicated for guests only and does not connect to any of your devices.  This layer of isolation is crucial to protecting your own devices on the main home network.  Malware is designed to spread, and an infected guest’s device can try to contaminate everything within its reach.

Update your firmware. Firmware is the software embedded in your router – it provides network protocols, security, and administrative controls.Your router can’t protect your network properly if its firmware is out-of-date, so stay in touch with the latest router updates your manufacturer releases to patch Wi-Fi network vulnerabilities.

Learn how Rubica can add an extra layer of personal cybersecurity

To give yourself and your devices an extra layer of protection while you’re connecting to other people’s potentially insecure home Wi-Fi or when using public Wi-Fi (which always poses cyber risks), Rubica provides a secure VPN. Our virtual private network or VPN is a trustworthy connection through an encrypted channel between your devices and websites you visit.  Rubica’s Secure VPN hides your real IP address to anonymize your devices so it’s difficult for your online activities to be tracked or for your accounts to be hacked.

Rubica customers also receive security alerts if our threat detection technology or elite cyber analysts identify anything is unsafe on your devices.  Plus, your Rubica subscription includes the ability to call a real cybersecurity expert for your questions.  We’re not just an app.

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