Even though the internet has become a staple in homes all over the U.S. and abroad, it is very important that people do not get too relaxed in its uses. Specifically, when it comes to protecting the networks that are used in the home. Because tight wifi security is not a luxury but a necessity, it is essential that everyone knows what measures that they can take to protect their Wi-Fi from intruders. In specific, all home users must be familiar with the function of their routers since it is a direct link to the homes devices and the internet. With this being said, here are some very effective tips in improving a home’s wifi network.
- Do Not Use Routers Provided by ISPs
One of the first things users should know is ISP providers have much lesser secure routers so they should not be used. These routers come customized from the provider and can be controlled remotely at any time to slow down its speed whenever they need to. Therefore, they are not only open to exposure but also vulnerable to hacking.
Instead, buy a new router on your own. There are many online reviews where you can find information about the best wireless routers for 2017.
- Change WiFi Router IP Address
Another problem that should be addressed is the by default IP address of your router, 192.168.0.1. Since common IP addresses are issued by the provider, they are easily open for compromise to hackers too. So, one of the best ways to address this situation is to change the IP address to close this door.
- Change Password and Username
Add additional security to your router by changing administrator Passwords and Usernames. The provider’s administrator password gives the provider and hackers entry into your web interface to make unauthorized changes (i.e. limit the speed of the internet). To prevent this from occurring, these two pieces of information must be changed to passwords that cannot be guessed easily (alphas and numeric characters with spaces)
- Never Save Password in Browsers
Even though it may make password and usernames easy to access by saving them in your browser, this is also a security risk that leads to exposure to hackers. This is because passwords can be open to intruders via cookies. To avoid these problems, you cannot save passwords in using any browser.
- Update Router Firmware
It is also a common practice for the router’s firmware to be updated automatically. However, if this process has not been done, it can be done by you via your router’s web interface.
- Use Mac Filtering Feature in your router
To secure your router, one of the best methods of doing so is using Mac filtering. Mac filtering is an effective option to choose since it allows the owner of the router to add the IP address of their devices in a secure environment that cannot be accessed by intruders even when they know the Password of the homes’ WiFi.
- Turn Off Wi-Fi Protected Set-up
The Wifi Protected setting should be turned off in order to keep authorized users from accessing your WiFi directly. Without this step being done, anyone can add their device to your router just by pushing 1 button to establish the connection that they need.
The tips listed above are some of the more basic tactics used for protecting your network. However, if you are familiar with other wifi security tactics that can be added to the list, please feel free to send them by using the comment box provided below.