McAfee My Home Network software provides the tools you need to control the connections between your PC and other PCs or devices. It also gives you an overview of your home network in an easy-to-read map. From this network map, you can manage protection for each PC or device on your network, and fix any reported security vulnerabilities. If you installed McAfee Total Protection. My Home Network also monitors your network for intruders (unrecognized or untrusted PCs or devices) that try to connect to it.
|This protection feature might not be turned on, installed, or included in your McAfee software. To learn about the protection features included in your McAfee suite, read Understanding your protection features.|
|•||My Home Network features|
|•||Network management terms|
Here are some of the terms commonly used in My Home Network.
|•||Working with alerts|
Alerts appear in the bottom right corner of your screen to let you know when security events occur on your PC. An alert provides information about an event, as well as recommendations and options for resolving security problems. Since alerts are an important part of your McAfee protection, you cannot disable them. You can control which alerts appear (for example, you can hide informational alerts) and set up basic alert behavior like whether you want to hear a sound with the alert, or if the McAfee logo screen appears on startup.
|•||Setting up a home network|
To set up a home network, you must first trust the network. All of the PCs and devices you use can be added to the network, and viewed from the network map. When you make changes to your network, the network map recognizes those changes and shows them automatically.
|•||File and printer sharing|
File and printer sharing functions are handled outside of My Home Network. To learn how to set up these features, read File and Printer Sharing in Microsoft Windows.
|•||Working with the network map|
When you connect a PC to the network, McAfee what the router attributes are, and whether the the PC is connected to the Internet. McAfee also determines if any PCs or devices are already on the network. If McAfee does not find any existing members on the network, it assumes that the PC you're connecting is the first PC on the network.
|•||Managing your home network|
When new PCs and devices connect to the home network for the first time, they all enter in an untrusted state. If you have McAfee Internet Security or McAfee AntiVirus Plus, you will only be able to mark PCs as trusted. If you have Total Protection, you will be notified when untrusted PCs enter your network, and you can mark each device as trusted or as an intruder.
|•||Remotely managing PCs and devices|
After you set up a home network, you can manage its PCs and devices remotely. Remote management allows you to handle many tasks and problems from a single PC — you don't need to be sitting at the PC that requires your attention. The kinds of tasks you can do remotely include managing the security status of a PC on the network, and fixing security vulnerabilities. You can also set automatic notifications for a PC or device so that whenever it attempts to enter your network, McAfee lets you know.
|•||Fixing security vulnerabilities|
If you trust another PC on a network, you can manage the McAfee protection status of that PC, and fix reported security vulnerabilities remotely. For example, if the McAfee protection status of a trusted PC indicates that its Personal Firewall is off, you can turn its Personal Firewall back on remotely.