I want to install a networked USB hub (Belkin F5L009) inside my home network, with a USB HD attached to the hub. That way all my networked PCs can access the HD for file back up , sharing, etc. I plan to add a switch behind my router in order to accommodate all of my networked items, with the USB hub plugged into the switch.
What about HD security? The HD has no malware detection SW running, no AV, nothing to protect it from malware. The router is a Cisco RV042, and the switch is a Linksys EZXS55W 5-port device. The HD is passive in that it won't be going out to the Internet. My home PCs will be able to see the HD as a networked drive. Is the data on HD protected being behind the router? And does it offer a back way in to the PCs for malware?