There are several reasons why you need to protect your Wifi network. For better privacy, protection from Wi-Fi hackers and intruders, faster internet speeds and reduced internet bills. Listed here are a few techniques that will help secure your wireless network as possible as can be.?
CHANGE DEFAULT PASSWORDS ON YOUR ROUTER WITH STRONG ONES
Mostly, wireless internet users do not change their router?s default password, making it easy to utilize by hackers. By replacing the default password with a strong password, intruders and miscreants will have a hard time accessing your network security settings. You can change your password by going to Administration settings on your router?s configuration page.
CHANGE DEFAULT SSID
Your network?s SSID (Service Set Identifier) is your wireless network?s name. Typically, the SSID is the default name of the router?s manufacturer.?(Sometimes along with the model number) Setting it up to not display the SSID helps you prevent giving additional info about your router to potential Wi-Fi intruders.
DISCOURAGE WI-FI THEFT BY USING SCARY NAMES
For instance, if your wireless network?s name is C:\virus.exe, prospective hackers might think twice before accessing your network because of the fear their devices might get infected. Use your creativity to discover more dangerous names for your Wi-Fi network.
CHECK CONNECTED DEVICES LIST
Usually, routers will have a page where it displays the list of every device that is connected to your wireless network. You should always check this regularly for you to be sure that unknown devices are not leeching into your network. If you see an unknown device, it means an intruder probably breached your network.
DISABLE GUEST NETWORKING
Guest networking? allows others to use and access your network. And while most routers have its guest networking turned off by default, it wouldn?t hurt to regularly check it to ensure that you have not accidentally enabled it.
USE MAC ADDRESS FILTERING?
MAC (Media Access Control) address identifies every device connected to your network. Enabling it allows only the devices having a certain MAC address to access your wireless network.
You need to register the MAC address of every device you want to allow to connect to your network to the setting page of your router.
This prevents unknown devices or hackers from connecting to your network even if you have not input any password.
REDUCE WIRELESS SIGNAL RANGE
This is obvious. If you reduce the range of your Wi-Fi network, hackers located at a distance will not be able to detect your network. If intruders do not know of your wireless network, they will not try to break into it. It is also advisable to place your router at places where Wi-Fi signals would be blocked so that nearby hackers won?t be able to detect it.
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