Back to school isn’t what it used to be, and now beyond the new clothes, backpacks, and pencils, there is a whole other thing you need to have updated – your wifi. It’s officially fall – which means goodbye summer and hello new school year. Your probably spending increased amounts of time on the internet. Not only for checking out Facebook and pinterest, but also procrastinating on that essay you should have written. You may be using your school’s wifi, or maybe you and your roomies got your own, but now is a perfect time to learn about how to keep your network safe and secure.
According to the NPD Group, U.S. households have close to 10 connected devices on average (everything from smart phones to computers and from streaming services to gaming devices), up from just over five devices in 2013. And, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has estimated that number could rise to 50 by the year 2022. That is no surprise considering how many tech devices seem to be created every year! Network security has never been so important and also so vastly misunderstood by the masses.
Wifi education and security expert, Nate Hardison, founder and chief technology officer at eero, gave us a refresher course on all things WiFi – just in time for the new school year.
Quirky Daily: What can we do to get our wifi prepared for increased activity?
Nate Hardison: One thing to really look out and evaluate is home networking system. Additionally, the home wifi system has always been one strong access point that lives in the corner of the house. Which I think is like trying to light your home with a really strong light bulb that lives in the corner of the house – it’s not going to work. What you really need is a distributed system. At Eero we’ve developed something like this. It’s a simple to use home wifi system that blankets your home in fast reliable wifi.
Quirky Daily: With the growing possibility of homes being connected to up to 50 devices, does that put a strain on your home? If so, how can that strain be alleviated?
Nate Hardison: Absolutely puts a strain on your system. It’s almost like plugging in a ton of electrical appliances. You’re going to burn out the electrical system very quickly. It’s the same thing with your wifi. So with a distributed system like Eero, we’re able to spread out the connection.
Quirky Daily: Are there any ways to limit the amount of time on devices to help increase focus?
Nate Hardison: Yes, we have developed a thing called Eero’s family profiles. What that allows you to do is group devices in individual profiles in our app, that way you can pause the internet access for that group of devices for that [person] to make sure they can focus where they need to.
Quirky Daily: Do you have any information about security and making sure your connection is secure?
Nate Hardison: You know, as we’ve progressed in technology, I do all of my banking online. So it’s really important that I know that my network is secure. The first thing you want to do is check that your password is strong. Meaning it has some numbers, symbols, and the next thing I’d look at is the software that runs on my router. You might want to see if there is a software update anywhere online.
It’s important to ensure that not only is your network protected, but that you have everything you need to in order to ensure you have the fastest most reliable systems. For more information, go to eero.com.
Feature Image: Linh Nguyen