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Securing Your Home Computer Network

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San Francisco, Calif | Oct 1, 2011

Securing your home network is an important step in protecting your computer against hacking, and viruses - especially if you connect to your home network wirelessly. An unsecured network will allow unauthorized individuals to connect to the web via your connection, which can slow down your internet connection and leave your IP address in the criminal's trail as they conduct fraud over your network.

Here are some suggestions from the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team for securing your home network:

  1. Consult your system support personnel if you work from home
  2. Use virus protection software
  3. Use a firewall
  4. Don't open unknown email attachments
  5. Don't run programs of unknown origin
  6. Disable hidden filename extensions
  7. Keep all applications, including your operating system, patched
  8. Turn off your computer or disconnect from the network when not in use
  9. Disable Java, JavaScript, and ActiveX if possible
  10. Disable scripting features in email programs
  11. Make regular backups of critical data
  12. Make a boot disk in case your computer is damaged or compromised

Visit http://www.us-cert.gov/reading_room/home-network-security/ for more information.

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