Wireless network (Wi-Fi) has made our lives much easier. Now internet can be used on so many devices at a time and at any corner of the house. Whether you have tablet, mobile phone, computer or any other wireless devices, you can have access to internet through signals.
Why to secure your Wi-Fi signals:
Stealing of bandwidth is almost impossible if you’re a user of wired network. But your wireless signals can be accessed by others without being in your knowledge. This piggybacking can cause some problems for you such as:
- Your monthly internet bill will rise if someone uses your wireless internet connection without your permission. This happens when you are restricted to pay for per byte during data transfer.
- If many people start using the same internet connection it will reduce the speed of your internet.
- Serious security issues can also be caused as it is simple for outsider to hack your computers through wireless connection. They can then have access to your personal files.
Manufacturing of routers with easy setup settings and configuration allows you to use your Wi-Fi connection with full signals. People usually buy a router, log in to the account, change username and password for their Wi-Fi and think that their connection is all safe now. It still has some chances to be hacked. For securing it properly, there are some tips that should be followed.
Step 1: firmware updates:
Some routers may automatically update their firmware, but some notify you when updates are needed. Make sure that most up-to-date firmware should be run by your router. In order to protect your firmware from external threats, check for updates by yourself. If your router doesn’t give you updates by itself then upload one by yourself from the router’s manufacturer and process it by yourself.
Step 2: login and password:
It is important to change your username and password through 10-0-0-0-1.info. It would be insecure to use “admin/password” to login into your personal router. Password should be very difficult to guess.
Step 3: avoid WEP:
When changing password of your router, don’t use WEP encryption as it is easy to hack. WPA2 encryption should be used as it secures your Wi-Fi network better.
Step 4: Disable MAC address:
MAC address is easy to attack. For extra security of your router and connection, set your router settings only to those devices that appears on white-list. There would be no problem if you disable the MAC filter.