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who can help me step by step security my home network at home. I have virgin broadband I have small kids and they go on ipads, androad tables, laptops, also go on youtube. I want to make it secure and monitor it.. I will really appreciate any help someone can provide. many hangs in advanced.

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Zaf
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Eoin OSullivan earned 167 total points (awarded by participants)
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My two main recommendations are

1. Change the DNS on your Virgin Broadband Router to use a source that has in-build family-content filters.  I'd recommend the OpenDNS family shield servers to restrict content - https://www.opendns.com/home-internet-security/
This however changing the DNS server on your router only stops sites with adult content from being viewed on these devices it does not control the devices themselves.
Virgin themselves may have some family-friendly filters but I'm not in a position to rate how good/bad they are and personally I'd trust a 3rd party more than Virgin
https://www.virginmedia.ie/broadband/learn-about-broadband/parentalcontrols/


2. Managing a wide range of WiFi devices can be a nightmare as having to configure each device and manage it involves quite a few options.  There are new devices coming which act as gateway controllers on ALL network devices such as this one iKydz - https://www.ikydz.com
It sits plugged into your router, finds all connected devices and allows you to enable/disable and schedule times when wifi/internet access works on a per-device basis plus you can apply filters to block a wide range of sites using it too.  Personally I think EVERY household with children on tablets/computers should have this kind of device to manage access.
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by:Jackie Man
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If virgin media provides the wireless router to you and you have no plan to use your own router, you can either pay your ISP to get you F-Secure SAFE for all your endpoint devices.

http://www.virginmedia.com/shop/broadband/security.html

Otherwise, you can have your own wireless router with parental control features.

Actually, there are endless options on how to do what you want depends on whether you have the skill to do the setup yourself or not.
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by:John Hurst
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Because of the number and range of devices you have, you really have to employ content / website filtering at the main entrance to your network (Virgin Mobile).

I suggest you begin training your brood about safe browsing habits.

We keep all devices in the kitchen and family room on the main floor. That allows a watchful eye.

I keep a main VPN router and everything (including Wi-Fi) hangs off that. That keeps uninvited people out. What many users do not understand is that we invite bad people in  by clicking on dodgy websites and opening dodgy emails. This is why you need content filtering and why education is so critical.
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Use comodo DNS,  norton DNS or openDNS services ( OpenDNS is a good option. You can embed it into the router's configuration); Implement AV solution;  Run or your clients PC http://www.prevx.com/; I recommend K9 Security http://www1.k9webprotection.com/; Try to give them Security awareness, to stop an unwanted or unauthorized activity from occurring.
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