We all use internet and wifi routers for our wireless devices. We want our Internet connection to work quickly and flawlessly. In this article, there are some tips to secure your Wi-Fi connection. First, check all the settings on your router and make any necessary changes.
Many times when we think about protection, we tend to think of passwords, insecure websites, and viruses attached to emails. But one thing that often goes unnoticed is the protection of our own wireless networks.
Despite being less modern than the most common threats, protecting our routers is a very important part of staying safe online; in fact, last month Virgin advised its customers to change their default router passwords after an investigation.
We could assume that an unprotected wireless network will only increase the chances that someone will help themselves in part of our free bandwidth. However, while this in itself can be somewhat annoying, the potential threats can actually be more serious.
In fact, if a fraudulent third party can connect to your network, you can boycott all of your traffic: stealing your passwords, redirecting your requests to fake sites, and changing the content of your data are just some of the things they can do. In fact, even if they only use their network to connect to the Internet, they can use this access to do all kinds of illegal things, all on their behalf.
Therefore, it is extremely important to keep your wireless router as protected as possible.
Here are some tips to improve WiFi security.
Change the router administrator username and password
Each router comes with a default and familiar username and password. So, for example, all routers from a particular company can have a username and password. If these values remain unchanged, the hacker on your network will have easy access to the administration section of the router.
Once in the administration section of the router, a hacker will essentially be in control of their network, with the ability to change passwords or lock devices and allow them, for example.
So if you haven’t already, go to your router settings and change your username and password to something only you know. You can access the settings of your router by typing its IP address in a web browser. The address will generally be something like http://192.168.0.1.
Change the name of your network
The Service Set Identifier (SSID) is the name that you see when you connect to your network. It usually depends on the type of router you are using.
If you don’t follow the advice in Step 1, the SSID can be like a red rag for an ox: knowing which router you are using, without changing the default password, would be like giving the hacker your home keys.
Even if you change your username and password, which you should do, it might still be a good idea to change the SSID to something more personal (don’t use your name) that hides the type of router you are using. All these tips, you can do it in the administration section of the router.
Verify your wireless key settings
First, it is important to confirm in the router settings the type of encryption that the router uses. Legacy codecs like WEP and WPA are vulnerable to attacks, so if you have a choice, be sure to choose WPA2 encryption. It may already be set up for that, but it’s definitely worth checking out.
After that, be sure to change your password (network key) to something strong that contains a set of letters, numbers, and symbols. A good way to guarantee a very strong but memorable password is to think of an unforgettable phrase and use it to create the password.
For example, you might think of the phrase “Although I am an Internet Service Provider in Mumbai, I now live and work in Mumbai”. This is pretty easy to remember (especially if it’s correct), and using it to create a strong but memorable password you came up with something like aIaISPiM and In1awiM.
A combination of strong encryption and a strong password can help ensure that only the people you want to connect to your network.
Other things you may want to think about
Updating the router’s firmware to the latest version can help correct identified security vulnerabilities. Notifications about the availability of a firmware update, along with detailed installation instructions, can usually be found on the manufacturer’s website.
MAC address filtering (the permanent identifier assigned to any piece of hardware) can be used to allow only specific devices to connect to your network. Again, detailed instructions can be found on the manufacturer’s website and on the Internet. But this is not an ideal system. By spoofing MAC addresses, skilled hackers can trick your network into accepting connections from your devices.
If you only connect to your network through an Ethernet connection, you may want to disable WiFi on your router in general. In this case, look for the article, only the devices physically connected to the router can connect to your network. This is really a big deal if you have wireless devices (which is what most of us do).