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7 Home Network Performance Myths Demystified

7 Home Network Performance Myths Demystified

As we create your home network, there are times when you might wonder whether or not the network is performing optimally. Sometimes you may feel as if the rural Internet speed is not fast enough or the Wi-Fi does not connect as quickly as it should.

You can easily determine whether your rural Internet connection is performing as per expectation. You do not require any sophisticated network monitoring tool to do this, especially for simple networks such as the one you have at home.

Several myths exist regarding the performance of home networks. The article takes a look at 7 of the most common ones and shades more light to it.

Myth #1

Email attachments are the biggest threat

You may have been advised severally that you need to keep off email attachments coming from unknown sources. Furthermore, you are well aware, not open attachments that look suspicious. Out of these many warnings, most people create the perception that email attachments are their biggest security threat. That is far from the truth. Modern malicious hackers have devised mechanisms to set up traps via website links just as they would in emails. Today, any download is as dangerous as the suspicious attachment in an email. Watch out for whatever you download.

Myth #2

Only shady websites pose a threat

Most people feel safe when on known websites and assume that only the shady ones threaten their security. That is not true. Hackers are capable of creating misleading links on any website. In fact, sites like Go Daddy, Amazon, and Google have registered some of the biggest pathways for malware. As reputable as these sites are, no one would think that they are a threat. Take protective measures by installing decent anti-virus on your home devices for increased safety.

Myth #3

You are safe as long as you do not use USB sticks

Most people still follow the old-age rule that USB stick carry the most malware around. That may have been true a few years ago, but it is no longer the case today. You are likely to encounter malware via a website than it is on a USB stick. Do not be afraid to use a USB stick on your computer. However, take caution not to open files that you find suspicious.

Myth #4

Keeping off strange opening files guarantees your security

Without a doubt, strange files are a threat to your home network security. However, opening them is not the only source of virus to your devices. As technology evolves, so do the criminals. As a result, you also need to re-evaluate your home Internet security approach. Make sure that you are confident about a source before downloading files from it. Some of these files may trick your computer into opening them without any input from your end.

Myth #5

Your computer only gets a virus after you download something

Most people believe that the only way their computer can get infected is if they download a virus-carrying file. That’s very untrue. Downloads are villains, but they are not the only threat around. There are some viruses classified as drive-by downloads that can install on your computer without needing you to download them. Having an anti-virus helps keep off such malware from your computer.

Myth #6

Your tablets/smartphones are safe

Believing that your mobile devices are safer than the computer is misleading. Any device that connects to the Internet pauses a security threat in equal measure. It can easily become a target by malicious hackers. Exercise general security measures when surfing the Internet regardless of the device used to do so.

Myth #7

You can tell if you a virus victim

Not all malware attacks instantly manifest. Sometimes you may be attacked but still proceed using your computer without knowing. Such malware does not intend to crash your computer. They aim at keeping you using your device for long enough in order to steal the intended information.

With these myths demystified, we hope that you will browse the Internet more safely. Keep your home network protected even as you enjoy rural high-speed Internet.

  • PA

    While it’s important to be cautious about opening email attachments from unknown sources, this isn’t the only security threat to be aware of. In fact, malicious hackers have found ways to set traps via website links, which can be just as dangerous as suspicious email attachments. Therefore, it’s important to exercise caution when downloading anything from the internet, as any download could potentially pose a security threat. Stay vigilant and be mindful of what you download to keep your devices and personal information safe.

  • MI

    The most terrible threat now is phishing links, so you just shouldn’t click on links from not very close people, and even more so completely strangers. I constantly explain this to my parents, but they are so naive that they believe all incoming messages. I recommend all young people to instruct the older generation who use the Internet.

  • HA

    I often meet people who think in outdated concepts and think that only USB sticks can pose a threat to a computer. And to be honest, I’m surprised not only that, but also that someone still uses USB sticks. Me and all my friends have been using cloud storage for everything we need for a long time and send links to each other.

  • RO

    This article is a great resource for anyone looking to improve their home network performance. The author does a fantastic job of breaking down and debunking common myths around home networking. The tips and insights provided are extremely helpful and practical, making it easy for readers to apply the advice to their own home networks. Overall, a very informative and well-researched piece that provides valuable insights into optimizing home network performance.

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    Ana Rys

    People use the internet at home as much as they do at work. That’s why it’s also important to take care of your computer’s safety. In this article the author tells about 7 myths that confuse people. I admit that I was one of those who were mislead by some of them. For example, I really thought that the computer gets infected only if something is downloaded. It seemed logical to me. However, as it turns out, hackers are much more clever than that. Overall, the main idea of the article is that you need to install a good antivirus to feel more safe while searching the web.

  • AL
    Alexandra Yakovleva

    I read this article and realized how much my knowledge lagged behind objective reality. I am just the same person who still thought that the virus gets into the computer through attachments in emails and connecting removable media. I was even a little scared that some malicious attacks could be on my device, but not manifest for a long time. I seriously thought that I should provide all my devices with a good antivirus.

  • ST
    Stacy Haze

    That’s the most informative article I ever read! I learnt so much in these 3 minutes. It is true that a lot of people are sure nothing threatens them if they just don’t open suspicious files and visit dubious sites. To tell the truth, I also thought it was enough. Well, having an antivirus also helps feel save. But I never believed that you could get infected through USB and it turns out I was right. Thank you for explanation of every myth about internet safety.

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