WiFi is part of our connected daily lives, and since almost everyone uses it, there is always a risk that someone might try to take advantage of a network, especially if it is not secure enough.
Everyone should worry about network security, so we’ll give you basic tips on how to secure your WiFi connection at home.
#1 Change your network’s default Service Set Identifier (SSID)
When securing your WiFi network, one of the most basic tips is to change your default Service Set Identifier (SSID) network. If hackers or people with malicious intentions see that your network still uses a default SSID pre-configured from the box, it is a strong indication that your network has been poorly set up, which means that it can be easily accessed or hacked.
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#2 Enable Password Encryption
Once you have selected an SSID, you can go directly to the password section of your router, type your password and enable the encryption of your password. Enabling the encryption of passwords makes it harder for hackers to enter your network. Enabling WiFi Protected Access (WPA) and WPA2 is highly recommended because it secures your wireless computer network.
#3 Enable MAC Address Filtering
Each user should enable filtering of MAC Addresses so that you can monitor and control your network access. The Address of Media Access Control (MAC) is a unique identifier for each networked device and can not be changed easily. You can easily prevent them from using the wireless network, including the internet connection, by simply adding the MAC address of a user to the filter list. You can go to the wireless settings tab of your router to enable MAC Address filtering, which you can then enable your MAC Address filtering setting.
#4 Change the router’s administrator username and password
Last but not least, change the username and password of the router administrator. Each router will normally have a default username and password to allow users easy access to its settings. It is highly recommended that the user change at least the username and password of their router for security measures after setting everything up. This prevents hackers who already have access to the network from configuring your router further.
#5 Change SSID Broadcast Settings
By changing the SSID Broadcast Settings, users can make their network invisible. This means that ordinary users who try to browse for wireless networks can not see your network unless they enter your router’s correct SSID and password. You can prevent most people from trying to access your network by doing so. To change the SSID broadcast settings, go to the Wireless Settings tab and change the SSID broadcast settings in the Basic Wireless Settings tab. (It may or may not be enabled on routers)
#6 Encrypt Using WPA2 and AES
Encryption on all routers is a must- use feature. Neglecting encryption is like keeping all your doors and windows open all the time- anyone who cares enough to look or listen can see and hear everything you say or do.
Seriously, enabling encryption in your router settings takes only about 30 seconds. And if you do, make sure that you use WPA2 Personal mode, otherwise use WPA Personal. No matter what, WEP encryption is not used because it is weak and easy to crack.
Once WPA2 / WPA mode is set, make sure that instead of TKIP you use AES encryption. TKIP is better than nothing, but AES is newer and safer, so prefer it whenever possible. Note that AES + TKIP encryption is just as bad as TKIP, so just stick to AES.
Finally, change your WPA2 / WPA key (i.e. password for wireless). Strengthen it! This means that these common password errors are avoided. Aim for at least 12 characters with a healthy mix of small, uppercase, numbers and special characters (e.g. @, !, percent, $, etc.).
#7 Disable Your Wi-Fi Adaptor When Not Using The Computer
Today, many devices have a hardware switch to turn the wireless adapter on or off. Since you don’t use the hotspot, it doesn’t make sense to connect the computer to the network. People can hack and steal your data from the computer. Once you have completed your work, it is advised to turn off the adapter if not the computer.
#8 Keep your Router’s firmware up to date
A user should always update the firmware of his/her router to reduce the risk of security “holes” on your router due to old or old software. This is similar to upgrading your smartphone firmware to fix bugs and improve security.
Your WiFi routers or connections must be secure in order to prevent malicious users from hi-jacking your own connection and stealing your data, and we hope that we have helped you to achieve this with the above tips. If you have something to add, please let us know in the following comments.