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Useful Tips For Securing Your Wi-Fi Network

By: Courtney Hamby on August 7th, 2014

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Useful Tips For Securing Your Wi-Fi Network

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Most people use their internet connection when setting up their wireless home networks. It can be quite risky resulting in various security flaws due to the security features of today’s Wi-Fi networking products is complex and time-consuming. But, securing your home network is imperative. Here are some tips for securing your Wi-Fi Network.

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Useful Tips For Securing Your Wi-Fi Network:

  • The first important step for securing the connection is changing the default administrator password. All the Wi-Fi home networks have an access point or router. Access Point can be set up by entering the account information and the network address, protected with user name and password. Hence, it is better to change the default login username and password, which can be hacked easily. Also, change the default SSID while configuring the wireless network.
  • Wi-Fi today uses numerous encryption technologies, and it is important to use the strongest encryption that can work with your wireless network. Encryption scrambles the messages that are sent over the wireless network so that humans cannot read them easily. All the Wi-Fi devices on the network must have identical encryption settings.
  • Each Wi-Fi network has a unique identifier known as MAC address. Access points and routers keep record of the MAC addresses of all the devices that connect with them. As the hackers can fake MAC address easily, it is important to enable MAC address filtering.
  • Disable the SSID broadcast for home networks. The wireless access point or router broadcast the network name or SSID over the air at fixed intervals. This feature allows the mobile hotspots and businesses clients to move in and out of the range. It is an unnecessary feature for the home network allowing others to log in the home network.
  • Most of the people drift towards using dynamic IP address, but it is more prone to hackers who can obtain it easily. Hence, assign static IP addresses to your devices and then configure each connected device to match it.
  • The modern network routers come with in-built firewall capacity so, make sure that it is turned on. Installing and running personal firewall software on each computer connected to the router is a good option.

 

To conclude, it is important that you turnoff the Wi-Fi network when not in use. It will prevent the hackers from breaking in your network area. They can not turn on and off frequently and, but it is necessary to turn them off during extended period offline and travel.

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