Home network monitoring with Kaspersky Security Cloud

Getting connected has never been so easy. In the not-so-distant past, you might’ve needed technical certification to get a home Wi-Fi network up and running, but that hasn’t been the case for quite a few years. These days, home networking is practically plug-and-play.

Note that we haven’t mentioned security anywhere yet. Of course, any reader of this blog knows that’s a trap. The challenge of home and external networking is to get connected reliably and safely.

When it comes to home networking, we really don’t recommend skipping the few steps needed to get and stay connected in a safe, secure way. That means changing the default network name and password, cutting off remote access, and doing a few other things.

How Kaspersky Security Cloud improves your home network security

The first time you run the latest iteration our all-in-one home security solution, Kaspersky Security Cloud, it automatically gets to know your home network. In addition to protecting the devices you know you have connected to the network, it catalogues all networked devices in case something doesn’t belong.

An example of a network map in Kaspersky Security Cloud

An example of a network map in Kaspersky Security Cloud

In the utility’s Home Network interface, you can view the list of connected devices, add friendly names, and perform some light administration. Critically, the device list includes MAC addresses for all connected devices (as well as the device type and name, its operating system, and IP address, plus a note about which devices are running Kaspersky software). If you see something that doesn’t belong, you can then use your router’s administration software to kick it off the network and block it for good.

Information about a device connected to your network includes its MAC address, which you can use to kick the device off the network and block it in your router's settings

Information about a device connected to your network includes its MAC address, which you can use to kick the device off the network and block it in your router’s settings

Once you have your network mapped and have ensured that every device on it is a welcome one, then outsiders should not be able to help themselves to your network connection. That said, in the event a new device sneaks onto the network, Kaspersky Security Cloud alerts you so that you can quickly cut off its access.

In the event that you would prefer not to be notified about new devices joining your network, Windows users can disable the notifications — ad hoc, using the Disable notifications for this network link in the notification, or through the application’s preferences:

Open the main application window; Click the network icon that corresponds to your connection type (e.g., wired or wireless) toward the bottom of the window; In the “Devices in my network” window, click the menu icon (three dots); Select Disable notifications.

You can also use the above instructions simply to confirm that your notification settings reflect your preferences.

What else is new in Kaspersky Security Cloud?

When we say that Kaspersky Security Cloud gets to know your home network, we should also mention that in its latest iteration, we’ve added wired connections to the map.

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