The widespread use of wireless to connect multiple home PCs to the internet is a blessing for convenience, but can be a nightmare in terms of security. Vulnerabilities such as out-of-date antivirus protection, improperly configured firewalls and missing security patches can leave your data exposed.

While there are plenty of programs that can protect individual PCs, NetTrooper distinguishes itself by mapping and monitoring the home network. Aimed at beginners, NetTrooper requires no prior networking knowledge, and common tasks, such as sharing printers and files, can be handled with ease via its simple interface.

NetTrooper handles security with a simple ‘report card’ system. The program analyses connections to other PCs and to the internet, then provides a classification from A to D, where A is the most secure rating. In most cases, simple one-click fixes are available; otherwise, remedial instructions are given.

Various PCs and devices connected to your network are presented in a diagram on the home page (the dashboard). Scrolling over these icons will identify any problems with your setup. NetTrooper will also detect other networks, meaning any risks associated with roaming networks are also identifiable from the dashboard.

Securing a network is a major problem for many home users – encryption and password-protection settings can be overly complicated. NetTrooper automates the process, making it easier to protect bandwidth and data.

NetTrooper will alert you to any unauthorised attempts to access your PC or other problems, such as the failure to install necessary patches for Windows. With many routers, NetTrooper can also check such things as the configuration of the built-in firewall for your peace of mind.

Over the next few pages, we’ll go through the options for setting up and configuring NetTrooper to protect your home network. In addition, we’ll offer sound advice on protecting your network, with products and hints to ensure your online safety.

Installing and configuring NetTrooper

1. Download NetTrooper from NetTrooper will automatically detect any networks during the installation and, if you already have security in place, will ask you to enter details such as passwords. Once this is done, you can launch the program and begin protecting your network.

Step 1

Step 1

2. The NetTrooper dashboard offers a simple and efficient way to monitor aspects of your network, allowing you to check security settings and set up protection for items (such as folders or printers) that may be shared across a local network. The icons at the top of the dashboard allow you to configure basic network security.

Step 2

Step 2