NSA Issues Guide for Keeping Home Networks Secure

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

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Best Practices for Keeping Your Home Network Secure’ is a new guide published by the National Security Agency. This document provides home users directions for keeping their systems secure and protected.

Home users are faced by many security troubles, and trying to applying all the required security measures is complicated due to the fast pace of changes in technology and new vulnerabilities that may leave them open to new attack.

The document is divided in 4 parts:

  • Host-Based Recommendations: this section addresses security problems on different Host's operating systems including Windows Host OS and Apple Host OS
  • Network Recommendations: here we find what we should verify on the network level like checking the home network design, wireless encryption WPA2 and limiting the remote access on all network devices.
  • Operational Security (OPSEC)/Internet Behavior Recommendations: this part focuses on general Security behavior recommendations like Traveling with Personal Mobile Devices, exchanging home and work content, Social networking websites, Email Best practices, Password best practices, Photo/GPS Integration, etc...
  • Enhanced Protection Recommendations: here we find a list with advanced security measures like MAC address or hardware address filtering, limiting the wireless coverage only to the required area, hiding the SSID, reducing the dynamic IP address pool to only required number of hosts, disabling scripting on browser and Enabling Data Execution Prevention (DEP) for all Programs.

For general usage, this document covers most necessary security points like updating OS and applications apply security software, use good passwords and SSL-encrypted network.

These recommendations are really useful and very important to apply as much as you are looking to be safe online. So secure your stuff and keep working.

Contributed by SecTechno

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