Keeping your WiFi router safe is the first-step in ensuring that your home network is secure and preventing any unwanted freeloaders off of your internet connection!
The 5 steps below are quick and easy to implement and are the important first steps in protecting your WiFi network.
1. Change the default Admin login: It’s possible to find the default username and password for your WiFi router just by searching for the router model online. Changing both the default username and password for the WiFi router will ensure that you are the only person that can access your WiFi router. Most WiFi router’s will have the Admin login settings under the Maintenance screen or Device Settings.
2. Change the default your WiFi network name (SSID): Most WiFi router’s default SSID include the brand and model of the WiFi router. SSID’s are broadcast publicly by your WiFi router. Leaving the SSID on the default details makes it easier for a hacker to identify your model of WiFi router. Changing the WiFi SSID is an easy way to protect your WiFi router from malicious activity.
3. Enable WPA2 Wireless Encryption: All WiFi routers ship with basic WiFi network settings enabled, along with changing the SSID you should make sure to enable WPA2 mode. You should at no point use WEP, it is an outdated form of encryption that is incredibly easy to crack. Your WiFi network encryption should be set to AES and not TKIP. AES is a newer type of encryption that is significantly more secure than TKIP.
4. Turn on your Wireless Router’s Firewall: A firewall examines all incoming network traffic and blocks and traffic that is deemed unsafe. Most WiFi router’s have firewalls enabled by default, but it’s worth checking to be sure. The firewall on your WiFi router may interfere with some online games, enabling port forwarding will quickly resolve this. You can find an easy guide to enabling port forwarding HERE.
5. Keep your firmware updated: Security experts all agree that keeping your software up to date is the most important thing you can do to keep your personal computer and cellular device safe and secure. This also applies to your WiFi router’s software call firmware. Firmware updates can fix security exploits on the WiFi router. Firmware can also introduce new features and improvements affecting the overall security. You can find the WiFi router firmware settings under the Maintenance screen of your WiFi router.