Most people spend a lot of time making sure their computers have proper virus protection and security but there’s often something forgotten. The wi-fi router and it’s security. It’s often out of sight and out of mind after the initial install. Not updating your wi-fi router can be a big mistake by leaving you open to a hack.
Here’s how to secure your wi-fi and protect your passwords in your home:
Make sure your encryption on your router is as strong as possible. If you’re using Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) routers, ditch it for something more secure.
At a minimum, you should be using Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) encryption.
If possible, upgrade to WPA2. If your router allows for Wireless Protect Setup (WPS), disable it immediately. This has proven too easy in the past for hackers to bypass to get into your system.
Leaving your default admin username and password on the router means you may as well be handing it over to a hacker. Instead, make sure your username is distinct and password is secure.
A secure password should be between 12 and 16 characters long, completely random, and a mix of letters (both capital and lowercase), numbers, and special characters.
You can also use a service like CloudCracker to help check your password and see if it can be easily cracked. If so, you need to strengthen it.
You can also designate your Wi-Fi network ID as hidden. This means that if a person wants to sign into it, they would have to enter the network name and password. By not broadcasting your username, you are adding an extra layer of security.
Get a VPN
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) helps add another layer of protection to your data. This program will encrypt your data so that your Internet use stays private. But it also means that if a hacker gets into your system, they won’t be able to use your data.
Universal Plug ‘n Play (UPnP)
Universal Plug ‘n Play allows devices like smartphones, tablets, and other electronics to instantly discover your network so they can log in. This is all part of the ease and comfort found with the “Internet of Things.”
However, this is also a good way to get yourself hacked. Disable this option so that the devices have to be set-up individually.
A Note on Sharing Passwords
Family and friends often share passwords. While it may seem like a nice thing to do, you’re left open to being hacked.
First, consider that neighbor you’re such good friends with today won’t always be your good friend or live close to you. Additionally, if they keep shared passwords saved on their computers, the computers themselves may not be properly secured, leaving your password “out there” for hackers to steal. The best thing to do is not to share passwords at all.
Keeping Your Wi-Fi Secure Keeps You and Your Home Secure
Your home’s Wi-Fi extends beyond the confines of your physical house. That’s why it is so important to make sure that this important resource is properly controlled and secure so that you don’t let cybercriminals into your home through this route.
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