Though relatively easy to use and access, Wi-Fi networks are not always SECURE networks. For this reason, learning how to secure your wireless network against cyber criminals is a pretty smart move.
Given how many Internet of Things devices you own (or probably will own), making sure your network is extra safe carries even more weight, even though sometimes taking care of your cyber security can be a real chore.
Here’s how you can go about securing your home network:
1. Change the name of your home wireless network
The first thing you should do to is to change the name of your Wi-Fi network, also known as the SSID (Service Set Identifier).
2. Choose a strong and unique password for your wireless network
Your wireless router comes pre-set with a default password. But it’s fairly easy for hackers to guess it, especially if they know the manufacturer.
A good wireless password should be at least 20 characters long and include numbers, letters and various symbols.
3. Improve your Wi-Fi security by enabling network encryption
Wireless networks come with multiple encryption languages, such as WEP, WPA or WPA2. WEP was first developed in the 1990’s, so it’s ancient by modern standards and easy to crack. WPA was more of a stopgap measure between WEP and WPA2, the encryption language still in use today.
4. Disable the wireless network when you’re not at home
We recommend you do this in case of prolonged absences, such as vacations. It closes any windows of opportunity malicious hackers might attempt to use while you are away.
5. A strong network administrator password will boost your Wi-Fi security
To set up your wireless router, you usually need to access an online platform or web page, where you can make modifications to your network settings.
Most Wi-fi routers come with default credentials such as “admin” and “password”which are easy for a malicious hacker to break into.
o this is why we’ve written this guide on how to secure a wireless network. You still have to keep an eye out for insecure Wi-Fi routers out there however, since most will probably still use WEP and not follow these safety procedures.