- Yes, Chris S from Cocoa Beach. We got your movie quote from War Games. We loved that movie, too.
Home Networking Best Practices
- If you don’t have one, PLEASE get a router. All routers come with something called a firewall. And that means a layer of protection from the big, bad Internet. And when you do, the first thing you should do is change the admin password.
- Never plug your cable modem directly into your computer. Keep the router between your computers and the modem.
- If you have a router but lost the manual, you can download it from the manufacturer’s web site. There is no shame in reading the manual. 🙂 This will tell you what to type in your web browser to manage the settings on your router.
- If you don’t need wireless, you will still benefit from the built-in firewall.
- And if you don’t need wireless, you should turn it off on your router. That means you can skip all of the other tips we talk about.
- But if you do need wireless (lots of people do these days) then you should change your SSID. But what is a SSID anyway?
- Enabling encryption is also a good idea. But remember that you have to set this for each device that will be using your wireless network.
- Filtering MAC addresses is an advanced topic. No, this doesn’t mean keeping Apple computers off your network.
- Most people know about Windows Update. But there is something even better called Microsoft Update that will make sure you get Office updates, too.
- If you’re a Mac user you most likely know all about Software Update.
- Consider software protection as an added layer. If you travel with your laptop, it’s a good idea anyway. A good free A/V program is AVG.
- Secunia – a free utility that scans your entire computer to see what needs to be updated, including Windows, Office, Java, Adobe, Flash to name a few.
- “Is it safe?” – Marathon Man
- “Just kick back and relax, man. We got everything you need: CD, CB, TV, VHS, telephone, full bar.” – Argyle, Die Hard