Perhaps the most important thing that every internet user can invest in is a WiFi router. This is something that is directly linked to not just the internet in your home, but also the many different devices that connect to it. Unfortunately, this also means that it can be vulnerable to attack from hackers. In the event that your WiFi security is lacking, hackers can very easily end up getting into your router.

In order to prevent this from happening, make note of these 9 useful tips so that you will know how to make your WiFi network secure.

Do Not Use Any Routers Provided by ISPs

Many internet service providers often have routers available for you to use. However, these routers are often much less secure than you might expect. This is because they contain hard coded remote control settings that are unable to be either customized or changed in any way.

Essentially, this means that the ISP will be able to limit the overall speed of your internet whenever they want to simply by accessing the router itself. Rather than using one of these routers, consider getting after reading reviews from a more trusted source such as eBay, Amazon, etc., as you will be able to ensure that your network is a great deal more secure.

Rather than using one of these routers, consider getting after reading reviews from a more trusted source such as eBay, Amazon, etc., as you will be able to ensure that your network is a great deal more secure. You can also read online reviews from other websites. Many websites have published a review guide for wireless routers.

Change the IP Address of Your Router

Generally, many routers have the same common IP address, such as 192.168.0.1. This is always seen as a negative thing due to the fact that hackers will easily be able to access the router’s web interface. To prevent this, change the IP address of your router by taking the following steps:

*Go into the LAN setup portion of the interface

*Set up any part of the IP address between 1 and 254

By changing your router’s IP address, the web interface will be able to be accessed the next time around using that new address.

Change Your Username and Password

Typically, the common username and password for every administrator account are “admin”. Unfortunately, there are many people who forget to change both of these so often that hackers are able to get into their accounts and limit the overall speed of their internet as a result. When changing your username and password, try to come up with a unique combination of letters, numbers, and special characters that no one else would be able to guess. Furthermore, if your router allows the use of spaces for your password, take advantage of this as well.

When changing your username and password, try to come up with a unique combination of letters, numbers, and special characters that no one else would be able to guess. Furthermore, if your router allows the use of spaces for your password, take advantage of this as well. You can use many online passwords generating softwares to generate a strong password.

Utilize HTTPS Access

Many routers have two different types of access: “HTTP” and “HTTPS.” Ensure that the “HTTPS” feature is turned on, as this will ensure that access for the router web interface is more secure.

Do Not Save Any Passwords in Online Browsers

Many online browsers utilize cookies and “save password” options for all sorts of different websites. No matter what, never save any passwords in any online browsers, as this will automatically provide other individuals with access to your computer. This also means that in the event your computer gets hacked, then the hacker will also have access to all of your saved usernames and passwords as well.

Update Router Firmware

While many routers update their firmware automatically, you can do this yourself through its web interface in the event that it does not.

Utilize Mac Filtering

This is perhaps the best way that you can secure all of your WiFi access. Simply add all of the known IP addresses of any associated devices in your router’s Mac filtering option before enabling the feature. Afterward, it will connect these devices to the internet. Any devices that were not saved in this feature will not be connected to your router, even if they actually know what your WiFi password is.

Ensure that Encryption is Activated

This will be the best way to make sure that your password is completely locked down. All you have to do is go to the settings of your router and set the security to “WPA2” before setting the encryption type to “AES.” Next, you will be prompted to enter either the network key or password in order to utilize encrypted WiFi.

Ensure that WiFi Protected Setup is Turned Off

This is the button used to connect a specific device to your router. This means that if an individual has access to your router, then all they have to do is push the WPS button and they will be able to immediately connect their device to it. This kind of connection does not require any kind of password or encryption key – all it requires is the name of the device being used. After the device name has been entered, a connection will be made.

Conclusion

These are only a few of the many different things that you can do to help improve your WiFi and ensure that your network remains secure.

 

Mark Pedersen

Mark Pedersen writes about Tech related news, Gadget roundups, Mobile and Web Development to name a few key topic areas. Apart from that he is also a contributor to open-source technologies such as WordPress and Joomla.