Sunday, 31 January 2016

How to Secure Home Wireless Network

Securing your home wireless network helps prevent others from using your Internet connection as well as keeping away hackers from hacking your system.


You can make a few changes in the settings of your router by logging into the router admin page.

Let us see how to secure your home wireless network in the following paragraphs.




Maximizing the Security of Home Wireless Network


You need to enter the default IP address of your router. Login into the admin page after entering the default username and password. Once you get access to the admin page of the router, you can make a few changes in the settings and make your home network more secured.



1. Encrypt your network


The Encryption of your network is very important as it keeps away hackers and eavesdroppers. There are two important wireless encryption types that you can choose for your router. Make sure the devices that you connect to the router too have the same encryption enabled for maximum security.

  • WEP – The most common type of encryption that can be easily hacked into by a seasoned hacker. However, it will manage to keep away nosy neighbors and passerby’s away from your network.
  • WPA2 – Another common, but much more secure encryption type for routers is WPA2. Make sure you keep your device set on WPA2 encryption.




2. Change the SSID Name


Changing the SSID is very important as it gives your wireless network a unique identity makes it difficult for the hackers to identify your router device. By default the manufacture name the SSID after their company like Netgear, Linksys, etc. You can change your SSID to any other cool name like Hackers Beware or Zone-X.

3. Change Wi-Fi Network Access Password


You can change the Wi-Fi access password to a more secured password that is difficult to guess. Use characters that includes alphabets, numbers and special characters. Don’t make it easy like your name, birth date or phone number.

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4. Disable Remote Access


Many router’s allow access from remote systems. You can prevent this by changing the web interface from Remote access or Remote Administration.
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5. Use a Strong Firewall


Firewalls are very important in blocking hackers from your system. Installing a strong firewall will make sure your system remains secure and protected from malicious hackers.

These are a few ways you can secure your home wireless networks. Keep your network switched off when not in use. Use a strong anti-virus, anti-malware and firewall software that will keep away the hackers from your system.


Read: What does firewall do

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