Most people don’t think about their WiFi Systems once they’ve been installed. It’s easy to forget that your router even exists when all of your devices are functioning properly.
But what about hackers? They’re out there and they want nothing more than to get into your network and steal important information about you. Think about social media data, too. There are scammers and other criminals that design their crimes around data retrieved on social media sites.
Learn how to keep your important information and data usage safe. Follow these tips to secure your WiFi Systems.
Change the Default Password
Your wireless router came with a generic username and password, hopefully. If it didn’t come with one, you should have been required to create one the first time you accessed the router.
An assigned username and password that comes ‘stock’ from the network provider is available on public record. Anyone with physical access to your router can manipulate settings with this information.
Create a new username and password to something with high-security value and write it down in a safe and secure place. If you should forget your login credentials you should be able to reset the router to factory settings. Then you can access the router with the original, generic information.
Change the Name of the Wireless Network
Don’t leave the SSID (service set identifier) open to the world. This is the name that is broadcast from your WiFi Systems so that you (and others) can find the network.
Change the name to something unique and mysterious, leaving neighbors, and criminals out of the loop. Simply changing the SSID will also remove users with previous access, like one-time guests.
You can also make the name of your SSID invisible so that it doesn’t show up in wifi search results to outside users.
Update Your Router Firmware
You should update your router at least once per month to check for upgrades and security patches. You can do this in your router settings where you might also find manufacturer updates. This is your firmware.
Keeping your firmware up to date is just as important as updating your browsers, operating systems and other software. Don’t forget this key component in securing your WiFi Systems.
Keep the Router Away from Windows
The best place for the router is somewhere in the middle of the house where it will broadcast the most range for all of the devices you use indoors.
Keeping the router away from windows also prevents outside sources from intercepting your signal that will travel about 50 feet. That’s far enough for a criminal to sit across the street, two houses away.
Enable Network Encryptions in Your WiFi Systems
WiFi encryption languages are a little bit complicated but worth the effort to enable to keep your home secure.
You can access your network’s encryption settings via your router’s settings. The best encryption method to use on a modern router is WPA2 and a solid variant of that encryption is AES, short for Advanced Encryption Standard.
Utilize these settings to secure the infrastructure of your network. Encryption is specifically designed to prevent access to your network.
Keep Yourself Safe
Don’t allow a security breach in your home. Prevent leaks and data from escaping into the wrong hands. Keep your passwords to your self, don’t share them with guests and keep guest networks turned off when you’re not using them.
Following these guidelines will ensure the safety of your data.