How to secure your Wi-Fi home network
Most people who set up the new wireless home networks want their internet to work as fast as imaginable, but forget the most important factor of security. You won't probably mind if your friend or neighbor use your home Wi-Fi , but someone who has bad motives in his mind could take advantage of your generosity (to be frank your lack of protection) to achieve access to data stored on your home computer.
Hackers are sitting everywhere in search for a hunt. When a guy leaves his Wi-Fi network open, without any password, hackers can easily use this opportunity and suck up all your data bandwidth. You can only imagine the worse if he tries to use your IP for illegal activities. By using some exploits, he can also get access to your personal data stored on your computer.
How To Secure Your Wi-Fi home network?
Below are some easy things that you can do in order to secure your Wi-Fi home network.
Change Default Admin Username and Password: This is one the major reason why Wi-Fi gets hacked. At the roots of any Wi-Fi network, there is a router. A router can be accessed with a username and password. Most of the time people don't even change the default username and passwords of their router. This increases the possibility of easily guessing of your password. Some of the default username and password are: admin: admin, user: user, test: test, Admin: password.
Encrypt your network: Encryption technology crypt messages sent over the Wi-Fi networks so that the humans cannot read them easily. The easiest way to protect any type of attack is to encrypt the Wi-Fi network. Most of the Wi-Fi routers support WEP key, WPA key, and WPA2 encryption. Never choose WEP key to protect your network. As it is easily cracked using backtrack or wepcrack. Always use WPA and WPA2 standards to guard your Wi-Fi.
Change the SSID name: A SSID is the tag of a WLAN (wireless local area network). All wireless devices on a WLAN must work under the same SSID in order to connect with each other. The companies normally ship their item with the same SSID set. If someone finds such SSID, he might feel that it as a badly configured network and becomes more inclined to attack it. The solution is to change the default SSID name instantly when configuring wireless security on your network. You will find this setting under the basic wireless settings in your router page.
Enable the MAC Address Filters: Each piece of Wi-Fi gear has a MAC address or unique identifier called the physical address. Routers are able to track the MAC addresses of all devices that are inter-connected if the MAC address filters are enabled.
By simply following these 4 steps you can think of a much more secure Wi-Fi home network.
Denis is a freelance writer that loves to write about tech topics especially about the android operating system.