Wireless users: How secure are your router and wireless network? The fact of the matter is, no matter how advanced your technology, no system is 100% secure. Wireless network security is very, very important. When data is transmitted wirelessly there’s always the chance your data is vulnerable and a hacker can gain access to the information.
On the positive side there are several methods available to further secure your router and wireless network, and the methods are not difficult to implement. Featured below are 10 things you can do to improve your wireless network’s security:
- WPA2. WPA2 is the wireless network encryption method standard today, and it should be implemented on all networks.
- Modify all default passwords. Most new routers have default passwords. Regardless, each router and guest account, if one has been created, should be set up with new passwords.
- Modify the SSID default name. SSIDs using the default name of the manufacturer are potentially one step away from being hacked. Change the name of a network that does not connect it to anything that is recognizable to anyone. Doing this will help insulate the network from being hacked.
- Device user list. If your device does not show who is on a network, look at companies that offer mobile or cloud apps that show all users on a system from a remote location and when there is a new connection to it.
- Switch off guest user networking. Guest networking grants users access to your router’s network unless security has been added. The simple solution is to turn guest networking off inside the interface on your router.
- Turn on MAC address filtering. Setting up a wireless network filter by MAC address is the ability to give or stop access to your wireless network for each pre-named device connecting to it. For strong network security the smart approach is to give access strictly to MAC addresses granted by the company’s system administrator.
- WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup)—Use with caution! Due to security flaws, WPS and PIN method should both be used cautiously on home networks.
- Maintain firmware updates. Router vendors develop new firmware products from time to time. Set up a reminder on your calendar once a month to check and see if the company you bought your router from has issued firmware updates such as a security hole patch. Make sure wireless adapter patches are kept updated as well.
- Employ firewall settings. Routers in the marketplace today offer firewall or WAN protection for internet safeguard protection. Turning the firewall on is as easy as a click in most instances.
- Make your SSID invisible. Removing your SSID name from visibility is not a security strategy, but it does lower the chance of anyone using the Wi-Fi for free.
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