10 Steps to maximize your home wireless network security
The steps given below will help in managing and increasing the security of your home wireless network from hackers. Today there are a lot of technological advancements (Know more about us) which have made the hacking difficult, but still, there are always some loop holes. These steps will not only help you in determining the ways to maximize the security but also how to deal with the hackers.
It is one of the easiest ways as the Wi-Fi equipment such as routers uses some kind of encryption. These encryption are foolproof as they are almost impossible to read and can’t be accessed by any human being. It might not be impossible, but it is hard for anyone to break these encryptions. There are many techs that exist just to provide security to WPS or regular Wi-Fi protecting them from unauthorized usage. That’s why choosing the perfect encryption code is very necessary. It can be done by using capital letters, numbers, symbols, etc. Encryption code plays a vital role when it comes to protecting your privacy.
2. MAC Filter
Yet another way of maximizing the security of the home wireless network, enabling the MAC filter can help a lot. Media Access Control is very common in routers and other Wi-Fi equipment. This MAC address is also called the physical address. Usually what happens is that the router along with the access points works in keeping the track of the devices that are connected to them with the help of the device’s MAC address. You can easily set the MAC address of the devices that you want your router to be connected in this way only known can be connected to your wireless network keeping away the unknown devices. This is a great way of protecting your wireless network security.
It won’t be anything new if I tell you that routers usually have their own Firewall for protection. Most of the time this firewall is turned on protecting your Wi-Fi device from any kind of attack but sometimes it needs to be switched on making your wireless network vulnerable. You can increase protection by downloading additional software in your devices. So never let your device go vulnerable, always add some kind of protection.
4. Changing the SSI
The first thing you should be doing is changing the name of your HWN (home wireless network) or in common words name of your Service Set Identifier. Changing the name makes it less vulnerable to hacking as hackers are more likely to hack a Wi-Fi network whose router type is mentioned in the name which is usually the case. Changing the name makes your router kind of anonymous. Knowing the name of the router is the easiest way of breaking into somebody’s Wi-Fi. So keep in mind to change your SSI name as soon as you set-up the network.
5. Changing the defaults
Usually what happens is when you set up a new home wireless network, the company gives you a username and password. The username is mostly of your own choice but the password is same for everyone. The password being default makes it easier to access. A hacker can log in to your network by using your username and password accessing all your information without your consent. Knowing the username and password is a child’s play if the hacker is your neighbor and knows what kind of Wi-Fi device you use. So the first thing you should do is change the username and password to maintain your anonymity and protect your wireless network.
6. Choosing the best password
A password is what gives access to a device to use your Wi-Fi. If the password is weak then it leaves your Wi-Fi open for the predators. Also, there are many software and apps in the market that allows a person to access password in no time. But there is one thing they can’t do. They are designed in such way that they usually choose random numbers and alphabets ignoring the symbols. Try to keep your password of at least 15 words and use numbers, symbols, capital alphabets etc. to make your password strong.
7. Turn off
Turning off the Wi-Fi when not in use is the best thing you can do. Generally, we keep our Wi-Fi open 24×7, whether we are at home or not. This risk our WI-Fi’s protection. Turning off the Wi-Fi takes away the opportunity for the hackers to hack into your Wi-Fi. The best way is to turn on the Wi-Fi when you want to use the internet and close it when you are done.
This is also a factor that can help in increasing the security. Wi-Fi usually ranges to a certain distance. You can use it for your own benefit like putting the router in a place where its range is limited to your house only. If a very little signal is going out of the house, then it won’t matter because the strength of the Wi-Fi won’t be that great there. If your Wi-Fi router is near a window or in a room which is close to walls, then the signal can reach to neighboring houses and even further. So take the position of the access point into consideration too.
9. Never Auto-connect
The biggest mistake most users make is auto-connecting. It looks very comforting when our device gets connected to an open Wi-Fi, but it is actually not safe connecting to an unknown hotspot. Most of the time, these hotspots are created by hackers to get access to your device and private information. So keeping away from them is a great option.
10. Updating the Firmware
It is always best to update the Wi-Fi firmware with time as with every update you are decreasing the chance of your wireless network getting hacked. Hacking usually happens if the device is not updated or the setting of auto-update is turned off. So always look up for updating your Wi-Fi router’s firmware.