In many cases, once a wireless router is installed, we find a spot in our home for it and completely forget about it. As long as our devices are set up and connected to the network for a stable internet connection, that’s all that matters, right? Absolutely not! Your internet router is one of the essential devices in your entire house. It is the gateway to the internet and also prone to being exploited by cybercriminals who could sneak into our devices and gain access to our files. We live in an age of ransomware attacks, data breaches, and overall network security threats that occur frequently. Read on to learn how to improve your router setup for better home network security.
Change the Name of Your Default Network
If you wish for better network security for your home, the first thing to do is change or edit the name of your Wi-Fi network, otherwise known as the SSID. Changing your network’s name makes it much harder for malicious attackers to know which type of router you own. If a cybercriminal knows the manufacturer’s name of your router, they’ll know the vulnerabilities and try to exploit them. Just remember not to give out too much personal information in your router name.
Set a Unique and Strong Password
You probably know that each wireless router comes pre-set with some default username and password. The worst part about this is that it’s easy for hackers to guess, especially if they know who the manufacturer is. So, make sure that you change them both as soon as you can. An excellent wireless password should be around 20 characters long and include letters, numbers, and multiple symbols.
Turn off Your Home Network when You Are Not Home
To better secure your network, it is recommended that you disable the wireless home network, just in case of extended periods of non-use. It would help if you also did the same thing with all of your other devices using Ethernet cables while you’re away from home. By doing this, you’re closing any window of opportunity for malicious hackers to access it while you’re not home.
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