We live in an age where we have become more vulnerable in the virtual world compared to the physical world. The most common reason for people becoming victims of hackers and network hoggers is that once they set up a wireless connection for their house or office, they forget about it. This gives hackers a golden opportunity to get into your network and do all sorts of malicious activities they can think of. Often people care to look into security for their wireless connection only when the network gets breached or they start getting a really slow connection.
If you too are looking for safety measures for your wireless network, this article might just help you for the same. Follow these steps and make sure that you are on the safe side.
- Change Your Router Admin Username and Password
All routers come with default usernames (and passwords in some cases). This is needed for the first time to access the network. Once you have logged in, you should change them both.
- Change the Network Name (SSID)
This is the name that is broadcasted from your Wi-Fi to the outside world so people can find the network. It generally shows the router manufacturer’s name. Changing this name with a personalized name can make it difficult for hackers to breach into the network.
- Activate Encryption for your WiFi network
This is the password you need to enter on every single device when you connect to a Wi-Fi network. Make this long and random. Use a mix of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters so that no one can guess it easily. However, make sure that you remember the password or write it down somewhere for reference.
- Use a VPN
A VPN (Virtual Private Network) connection makes a tunnel between your device and the Internet through a third-party server. It hides your identity or makes it appear like you are in another country. Having a VPN is a smart choice for all Internet users, especially if you are on a Wi-Fi network.
- Update Your Router Firmware
Updating your router firmware is one of the best ways to boost your security. It takes very little time and costs you nothing. New firmware may also come with new security features for the router. Most routers have an automatic update option. Make sure to enable it to get your router updated automatically from time to time.
- Use Wireless Network Managers
One of the most popular and effective methods to manage your wireless network is to use a wireless network manager. If you are using an Android device, you can use the Wifi kill app. Wifi kill lets you scan for IP addresses and shows the connected devices. Once you get the names of the devices you can kick them off the network easily.
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