Wireless internet connectivity has quickly become the norm across most households around the globe. Unfortunately, a lot of these wireless networks do not adhere to proper security standards, mostly due to lack of action from the device owner. Thankfully, it is rather easy to protect one’s Wifi network with a few simple steps that do not require technical expertise.
#5 Change Default Admin Login Settings
Every router, extender, modem, or access point in the world has an administrator account, which allows for modifying settings and security levels. While it may seem convenient to keep the default login and password, it is one of the worst security practices. Always make sure at least the admin password is changed. Preferably, one would use a password consisting of letters, numbers, and signs.
#4 Change Your Default Network Name
Most broadband modems and routers will automatically create a wireless network when the device is first set up. In most cases, these networks are either not protected by a password, or use a password that is very easy to crack. Take the time to go into your device’s network settings, and change the network name plus password. Similar to changing the admin account’s password, use a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols. There is no reason to invite attacks against your wireless network by leaving these settings on default.
#3 A Strategic Position For Your Wireless Network Device
Ensuring all of your other devices can connect to the new wireless network should be the top priority for everyone. Placing your wireless network broadcasting device in a strategic position can make a big difference regarding security. Signals leaking outside of your apartment or house will invite others to try and “break in.” If the device is positioned in such a way signal leakage is minimal, the network will – normally speaking – remain safe from outside attacks. It is a small step to take to maintain peace of mind.
#2 Turn Off Your Network When Not Using It
As unusual as it may sound, not everyone has a use for their wireless network signal all the time. It is a common security practice to disable your wireless internet at home when it is not being used by anyone. Devices tend to auto-connected to the network when it is enabled again, so there will be no significant downtime while switching everything back on. With no wireless network signal to hack, there is no threat from hackers or other people looking to piggyback on your internet connection.
#1 Update Your Device’s Firmware
When it comes to technology – and more specifically, computer usage in general – software updates are a critical part of keeping things secure. It is of the utmost importance to keep tabs on critical firmware updates for your router, access point, or Wifi extender. Every device manufacturer pushes out updates at certain intervals, most of which relate to unauthorized access vulnerabilities.
Depending on which device you use, the manufacturer has made the firmware update process either difficult or straightforward. Most modern devices have a touch screen interface to check for updates. Older routers and network devices may require remote login through a web portal, where a software update feature should be enabled.
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