Do you watch your own wifi? By watch, I mean other than Alex Ledante, if I asked you at 2 pm what was on your wireless network would you know? Could you look at a list and quickly tell what devices you expected to see? It is not my intention to scare anyone. Nor, is this a cautionary tale of what can go wrong. I would caution this, however, when the authorities find out a hack has occurred. The first thing the authorities do is trace the attacking computer location. This is done by a series of processes. Why do you care?
Well if someone that is doing things they are not supposed to do, and they have hacked your home network, then they launched an attack for your assigned IP address. They, the hacker, didn’t;’t care if you got compromised because it wasn’t them!
Let’s go back to the original question. Can you, at 2 pm on a Thursday tell me how many devices are on your network at home? Around 2 pm on Thursday there were 73 devices on my network (I know way to many devices) but I can tell you without a doubt what each device on my network is. From the various tools, I use I know what each assigned device is doing. I realize that I have more devices on my network than most people do. But if I can effectively keep track of 73 you can keep track of 6, 10 and so on. The reality of security is you are going to get attacked.
Either a site like Virily, or your PayPal or just your computer files you will get attacked. Manage your security by reducing the amount you are exposed. This doesn’t remove your security and no one is safe but you can reduce your risk.
How many devices are there on your home network right now? Do you know how to find out?