Wi-Fi networks allow multiple devices to access internet simultaneously. The moment a relative or friend drops in at your place, they tend to ask your Wi-Fi password. You may boast of high speed, amazing internet connectivity & range but an important factor that we all generally miss is the security.
Your wireless network can become host to various vulnerabilities and threats. So, it is extremely important to take all necessary steps to secure your home wireless network.
Potential Threats To Your Home Wireless Network -
- Loss of Sensitive information, credentials and logins
- Network Intrusion
- Data Interception
- Bandwidth Stealing
- Financial losses owing to loss of confidential information
Here We Have Listed Certain Ways To Secure Home Wireless Network -
Change The Name Of Your Wireless Network – Simple and easy Wi-Fi network names can pose a serious threat. Often, we do not change the network name of router which has model name and other details in it. One must change it as this will prevent hackers from knowing the type of router you have. Otherwise, they would easily be able to discern the manufacturer of the router and also type of vulnerabilities the model is associated with.
Set Up A Unique Password – Setting up passwords as simple as your name or date of birth is an open invitation to hackers. They can easily guess and exploit it for their personal benefits. So make sure that the password you set has at least 20 characters and is formed using a combination of alphabets, numerals and symbols.
Placement Of Router – It is highly beneficial to place the router somewhere close to middle of the house. This will not only ensure that you get the wireless signal in all the rooms but also make sure that the signal range does not reach outside your house. This will prevent any fraudulent use of your network data. Also if you are not using the wireless network overtime then it is advisable to disable it for that time being.
Update Your Router’s Software – It is important to regularly update your router’s software for security reasons. This will help you avoid unpatched vulnerabilities.
Filter On Mac Addresses – Devices that are connected to the wireless network have a unique Media Access Control (MAC) address. So you must always change the router settings and physically type in MAC addresses of only those devices that you wish to allow on the network.
Some Other Ways –
- Do not broadcast the name of the network
- Enable encryption
- Double up the layer of firewall
- Turn Off Guest Networks
- Set up a strong administrator password
- Reduce the range of Wi-Fi signal
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