Follow these steps to secure your WiFi network
WiFi internet connection has become a basic need for many of us in the new normal, whether for work, school, entertainment or just to connect with family and friends.
With this growing dependence on WiFi networks, it is now important to secure them; otherwise, you could become a victim of cybercrime. Here are the key steps you need to take to secure your WiFi network.
# 1 change your default passwords
Each router has a default username and password that you need to access its settings. In most cases, if your Internet Service Provider (ISP) has configured the WiFi router, it is likely that the router’s login information is still the default information, which is usually “password,” admin “or “12345”. This practice is dangerous because anyone with access to your network or router can change or modify your settings without your knowledge.
Always change the default password to a password that is more secure, difficult to guess or find.
# 2 Change your internet password
Like your WiFi network password, your Internet connection also has a username and password to connect to your ISP. This password can also be the password you use to log into your ISP’s website to manage your Internet account.
Always make sure that once the Internet connection is established at your home by the ISP technician, change the default password to a more secure one. This way you can be sure that only you have access to your internet account.
# 3 Secure your WiFi network
The majority of WiFi routers available on the market support the ability to secure your WiFi network with a password. By default, this feature is disabled in the router settings. Enabling it will ensure that only users with a password can access the WiFi network.
When configuring the WiFi network security option, choose WiFi Protected Access 2 (WPA2) or WiFi Protected Access 3 (WPA3) in newer models as the security option for the best protection available.
Additionally, newer dual-band routers could have two different networks on 2.4GHz and 5GHz enabled. In such cases, make sure that the security option is enabled in both networks with a secure password.
# 4 Change the name of your WiFi networks
Your WiFi network has a name called Network ID or SSID (Service Set Identifier), which is also the name you will see when you search for a WiFi network. It’s always a good idea to change the name of your default WiFi network as it might contain details about the device’s model or manufacturer, which could be information that hackers might use.
You can change the names of the WiFi network from the router settings menu. Avoid keeping any identifiable information such as your name or apartment number as the WiFi network name.
You can also go further in securing the WiFi network by completely stopping the broadcasting of your SSID from the router settings. This way, your WiFi network won’t appear to someone searching for WiFi nearby, and only users who know both your network name and password can access it.
# 5 keep the router’s firmware up to date
Like your smartphone or computer, your WiFi router also has firmware that it needs to operate. Router manufacturers often release updated firmware that will contain security and feature updates. To continue using a stable and secure Wi-Fi network, you need to keep your router’s firmware up to date. You can do this from the router’s settings menu.
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