In a lot of cases, once a wireless router is installed, we find a spot to place it and then forget about it. As long as all of our home’s devices are set up and connected to a network for a strong internet connection, that is all that matters, right? This is not the case! Your internet router is one of your home’s most important devices. It is the gateway into the internet and also susceptible to being exploited by cybercriminals who can sneak into your devices and gain access to our valuable data. We live in a modern age of data breaches, ransomware email attacks, and serious network security threats that happen a lot. Read on to learn the best ways to enhance your router setup for stronger network security!
Edit the Name of Your Default Network
If you want better network security for your house, you will first want to edit the name of your home’s Wi-Fi network, otherwise known as the SSID. Changing the network’s name makes it a lot harder for malicious attackers to know which kind of router is yours. If a hacker knows your manufacturer’s name of the router, then they know the vulnerabilities and will try to exploit them. Remember you shouldn’t give out too much personal information in your home’s router’s name.
Create a Unique and Strong Password for Network Security
You probably know that each wireless router comes with a pre-set, default username, and password. The worst part about this is that hackers are accustomed to guessing these, especially if they know the manufacturer of the router. So, make sure that you are changing them both as soon as possible. A smart wireless password should be close to 20 characters long and include numbers, letters, and various symbols.
Turn Off the Home Network When You’re Not Home
To help secure your network, it is highly recommended that you turn off the wireless home network, just in case of long, extended periods of it not being used. It would also help if you did the same thing with all the other devices that are using Ethernet cables while you aren’t home. If you do this, you are closing the window of opportunity for potential malicious hackers to access it while you are not home. For some more handy tricks and tips for enhanced network security, give us a call!
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