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With the increase of hacking tools easily available online, there seems to be an upsurge on intrusion attempts on home networks. While the basic hygiene factor of using strong password on your WPA2 connections is a must, there are certainly many more things you can do to harden your home/small business.

One of the easiest thing to do is to get a local firewall (something like Hands Off! or Little Snitch on the Mac) which can alert you to unexpected outgoing traffic from your applications. It may be a bit annoying as you start to use it, but over time it will learn your usage behaviour and the accepted sites your computer communicates with.

Further steps can be taken to replace your home router with a Unified Security Gateway, some of these gateways are at the same price as a high end router but offer so much more in terms of protection. The one that comes to mind are Zyxel USG20 or USG60. Feel free to contact me if you have questions on how to set up something like this at your premise.

you can download a quick guide
here.
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