In the increasingly connected world, you cannot avoid having your own home wireless network. You need it to access the internet and work even when away from the office. But your home wireless network will not be enough until you take steps to maximize it. Simply put, you need to make your network private, strong, and secure from possible attacks from online predators.
In any home network, you are likely to find mobile devices, printers, game systems, and computers connecting to the internet and to each other. Since you will rely on Wi-Fi, you need to maximize the security of your network. If not, other people will access it for malicious purposes.
Here are steps to maximize your home wireless network:
Step 1: Change the Name of the Network
Once your home wireless network is set and working, change the service set identifier or SSID. This name is what is displayed on other devices when trying to access an internet connection. But why is changing the name important? With a new network name, you make it virtually impossible for hackers to get into the network.
If you remain with manufacturer-assigned names such as Belkin, Cisco or Linksys, your security will be compromised. All a hacker needs to access your network is to know the router’s manufacturer. However, as you change the name, avoid your name or that of your family. You don’t want to be identified as the network’s owner, do you?
Step 2: Use a Unique, Strong Password
Every wireless router has a default password which hackers can easily guess. All they need is to know the name of the manufacturer of the router. For your wireless network, set a password that’s 20 characters or more. Include letters, numbers as well as special characters. With a strong password, there is no way other people will be able to access your network. That’s unless you want a hacker snooping around your network for sensitive information.
Step 3: Enable Network Encryption
To encrypt your home wireless network, you may use WPA2, WPA, or WEP. But to maximize the security of your network, we recommend WPA2, which is more secure. But why is encryption important? It renders the communication signals from your network unusable for all unauthorized third-party software. WPA2 technology is widely supported by all of the wireless devices available in the market.
Step 4: Disable the Home Wireless Network When Away
You will not be staying in your home throughout, will you? There comes a time when you have to go away on a two-week holiday. Make sure you turn it off to disable the home wireless network before you leave. You will reduce the power consumption and also stop hackers in their tracks. That way, you can avoid losing data due to malicious snooping. When you return home, you can turn the network back on and keep using it to serve your needs.
Step 5: Position the Router Correctly
A wireless router shouldn’t be positioned just anywhere in your home. The best position is in the middle of the house. This will ensure that every spot in the house will have the required internet access. It will serve the living room, kitchen, as well as the bedrooms. In addition, it will prevent the wireless network from getting too far away from the house. With a single stroke of genius, you will be able to keep the hackers completely out of business.
Step 6: Institute a Strong Administrator Password
When setting up the router, you will have to access a website or online platform where you can change the network settings. Of course, your router will come with defaulter administrator credentials in the form of “admin” as well as “password.” To prevent hackers from accessing the administrator platform, you need to change these credentials. If you don’t, then a hacker will get to know the network’s configuration and network settings.
Step 7: Disable Remote Access
Under normal circumstances, you will access the router’s interface from any connected device such as a laptop. However, some routers make it possible for you to gain this access via remote systems. If you leave this option enabled, it will be easier for online hackers to access the privacy settings of the router. So, simply disable it. After opening the web interface search for “Remote Administration” or “Remote Access,” and turn it off.
Step 8: Always Update the Router’s Software
Like all the other software installed on your operating system that on the router needs to be updated regularly. It includes all applications and antivirus programs running on the system. If you do not update the router’s firmware, hackers may exploit the different flaws and vulnerabilities to compromise your network. The good thing is that manufacturers regularly release updates to this software. Since most routers do not allow for automatic installation of the updates, you have to keep checking the manufacturer’s official website for any changes.
Step 9: Put In A Place A Strong Firewall
Granted, some routers have built-in firewalls that block hackers in their attempts to access your computer. However, you cannot sit pretty believing that you are protected. You should be proactive and install a firewall on your system to curtail malicious efforts to access your wireless home network. If your operating system has a firewall, turn it on. That way, you will not have to install an additional one.
Step 10: Protect the Devices You Use To Connect To The Wireless Network
Up to now, you have secured your router. However, security breaches may occur when criminals access the devices you use to connect to the router. So what are some of the things you can do to avoid the dangers of the internet? One, use only the latest possible software. Run regular updates to install the latest security features so as to seal possible breaches or holes. For all the laptops and mobile phone that connect to your wireless network, install security software against spyware and other viruses. With specialized security software, you can also protect yourself against data and financial stealing malware.
Having a home wireless network is one thing. Securing it against hackers is another. With the steps discussed above, you should be able to maximize your network’s security. Whatever you do, don’t take anything for granted.
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