Hello CHOICE community!
Our team at IF have been collaborating with the New Things Team at CHOICE over the last few weeks, looking at creating new products that help people with problems in their connected home. We’ve had some great conversations with people here. Thanks so much for your generosity.
A few people have asked us about the security of their WiFi network and how you can know if your network is secure and safe. There’s lots of writing and how to’s on this topic that point at best practice.
Something we’re exploring with the New Things team is a new kind of router.
It would have features on it that help you understand your home network better: why things aren’t working as expected and what you can do about them. These features would be accessible on a screen on the router, going beyond what can be done with simple indicator lights.
Last week we looked at how people can know if their home WiFi network is secure from external third parties.
We focused on helping people understand when the security of their network is potentially not following established best practice, through notification of issues and educating around the steps necessary to improve security.
These steps are simple and include;
- Updating of default WiFi name settings
- Updating of default WiFi password settings
- Setting encryption at a best practice standard
Changing default settings on a router is a process that does not always happen when a new router is brought into the home. A default SSID with a brand ISP name in place can broadcast to the outside world that default settings may have not been changed on your router, leaving it vulnerable to attack.
We’re keen to support people in understanding when their network may not be secure and how they can practice security hygiene around their router and home network.
Take a look at the prototype, and let me know if you’d find something like this useful. I’d particularly like to know your thoughts on the design, and if the kind of information about your home network and your broadband connection you find in it would be useful.
Thanks and all the best,