Having a wireless internet or WiFi connection at home is really convenient. You can connect from anywhere in the home, use any device and the whole family can use it at any given time. However, your WiFi is not without threats and dangers. Often, your Wifi signal reaches beyond the walls of your house. This exposes it to intruders, spies and those who will steal your connection. These are the ways you can secure your WiFi from outsiders:
Pick a Complex Password
This tip seems straightforward enough. If you set a password that people can easily guess, you’re providing free WiFi to those outside your home and a window for hackers and others with evil intent. Never use simple passwords like the numbers 1-10 in sequence, your name or your home address. In fact, even your birthday or any family member’s birthday is a bad idea. Pick a password that has several symbols in it, such as =, +, & and the like.
Access Your Router Administration
Use a LAN cable to connect your computer to the main router and enter the admin page address into your internet browser( usually, the address is provided on the router or on the package insert). Here you can do several things. These include:
- Change the password to your router. The first login name and password will be provided on the router. See if there is an option to change it and do so as soon as possible.
- Change the network name or SSID. Do not identify the brand of the router or your location. Choose a neutral and bland name like MYNETWORK so that hackers won’t know who or where this router belongs to.
- Turn on WiFi encryption and make sure it’s WPA2.
- Update router firmware
- Make sure you turn on your router’s firewall.
You don’t have to be an IT genius to protect yourself. Just take some precautionary steps and you could be doing yourself a big favor.